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Athanasius (Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality)

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This volume by a respected theologian offers fresh consideration of the work of famous fourth-century church father Athanasius, giving specific attention to his use of Scripture, his deployment of metaphysical categories, and the intersection between the two. Peter Leithart not only introduces Athanasius and his biblical theology but also puts Athanasius into dialogue with ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Baker Academic
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“Of making many books there is no end.” The writer of Ecclesiastes penned that line with the whole world and all its history in mind. I write it with Peter Leithart in mind. Leithart is unusually productive, a machine of literary output. Let’s take a snapshot of the last few years: Deep Exegesis, Solomon Among the Post-moderns, Jane Austen, Defending Constantine, The Four: A Survey of the Gospel, Athanasius, and Fyodor Dostoesvsky (forthcoming, October 2011). That’s seven books and, not being ab ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was 12, I thought my hero among humans would be someone like Steve Jobs. If I had to fill that place today, it would probably be held by Athanasius. The best part about him is that he is not legendary. He's a real man that had the courage of legends and a spine of steel in this real world.
Joe Hyink
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very excellent work. A noteworthy and deep insight on every page. Leithart's knowledge of Bible helps him show the thoroughly Biblical saturation of Athanasius. Lots of theology.

It might have been nice to hear some (more?) critique of Athanasius's thought. It's almost as if Leithart agrees with everything.
Rob Markley
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, history
Hard going to say the least. I had hoped to bring a (the!) key church father to life, but this is academic analysis better found in a thesis than a book
Amy Brown
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
While I was not a fan of how Leithart positioned Athanasius almost entirely within the polemical context of Arianism, this book has some really strong points. There are several excellent summaries of early Christian doctrines such as theopoeisis (deification) and impassibility. Leithart also structures his book so as position Athanasius in such a way to engage him directly in the context of contemporary systematic theology. It is obvious that Leithart is writing from a strongly pro-orthodox posi ...more
Dwight Davis
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Leithart offers a great overview of Athanasius' theology, showing exactly how Athanasius is still relevant for contemporary theology. Leithart uses Athanasius to critique thinkers as diverse as Moltmann, Michael Horton, de Lubac, and others. Leithart is also careful to point out inconsistencies and weaknesses in Athanasius' thought as well. This is a great, important book.

I also absolutely love the intro and afterword "in the Augustinian mode," which means he opens and
Lonnie Smith
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
An unexpectedly heavier read than I have experienced with this author previously. I enjoyed it but needed to take it VERY slow to get it to sink in.
Athanasius, the hero of the early Church, tackled issues that common men nowadays wouldn't even stumble upon if it weren't for his work. His defense against arianism and views on Christology are still in use today by the main Christian sects.

A worthy read if you are willing to invest a lot of brain power!
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, trinity
This was a in-depth study of the Logocentrism of Athanasius' theology. The prose is very meditative and full of quotable and thought provoking passages. It often reads more like a prose poem about the glory and splendor or Jesus Christ. This was a very edifying book.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Bookended with Augustinian pro and epilogue, Leithart writes a pastorally technical account of Athanasius' theology and conflict with Arius. He gets more done in 175 pages than most authors do in 300. Dense in the best sense.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I really liked this, having read Athanasius in the past. Lots to think about on trinitarian theology and the incarnation.
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Great intro on Athanasius.
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Peter Leithart received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. He has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyter ...more
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