Athanasius' Return: A Wind of Change

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Athanasius' Return: A Wind of Change

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Describes in detail the complex interaction of Church and political affairs in the decade of the 350s. Religious divisions connected with struggles for power persisted in Rome and Alexandria, while leading Church figures became embroiled in the political events leading to the emergence of Constantius II as sole emperor. The period saw rival popes in Rome and continuing problems and changes in political fortune for Athanasius in Alexandria. Constantius II's desire for unity and harmony in the churches was rendered impotent by splits all over the east and distrust of his policies in the west. A council held at Sirmium in 358 produced the Dated Creed, intended to reconcile differences but in fact exacerbating them.

Keywords: Alexandria; Athanasius; church unity; Constantius II; popes; Rome

Chapter.  8920 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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