The Athanasius ‘With Whom I End’ (1864–81)

Benjamin John King

in Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548132
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720383 | DOI:

Series: Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

The Athanasius ‘With Whom I End’ (1864–81)

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Comparing Newman's earlier translation of Athanasius's anti-Arian works in A Library of the Fathers (1842–44) with his ‘free’ translation of Select Treatises (1881), this chapter charts the increasingly ‘Latin’ ways in which Newman came to read Alexandrian theology. It begins by showing that in Rome in 1846–47, Newman was challenged to make his reading of the Fathers accord specifically with the theology of the Roman schools. But Newman engaged with scholastic theology only from the 1860s, so that by the 1870s his theological style coincided with the interests of the new Pope, Leo XIII. In ‘Causes of Arianism’ (1872), Origen is seen through Aquinas's eyes. In his freer translation of Athanasius, moreover, it is not so much Thomas Aquinas but the neo-Thomism of the teachers of Leo XIII whom Newman read back into Athanasius.

Keywords: Newman; Athanasius; Library of the Fathers; Alexandrian theology; Roman schools; scholastic theology; Origen; translation of Athanasius; neo-Thomism

Chapter.  12310 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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