By Rowan Williams

Arius is extensively thought of to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. lengthy out of print and not earlier than to be had in paperback, it's been newly revised. This multiplied and up-to-date version marks an immense publishing event.

Arianism has been referred to as the "archetypal Christian heresy" since it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly exam of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was once really a committed theological conservative whose situation used to be to safeguard the loose and private personality of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an try to unite conventional biblical language with radical philosophical principles and strategies and used to be, from the beginning, concerned with problems with authority within the church. hence, the situation of the early fourth century was once not just concerning the doctrine of God but additionally in regards to the kinfolk among emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" lecturers within the church's decision-making. during his dialogue, Williams increases the important wider questions of the way heresy is outlined and the way convinced types of traditionalism rework themselves into heresy.

Augmented with a brand new appendix during which Williams interacts with major scholarship due to the fact that 1987, this publication offers attention-grabbing interpreting for somebody drawn to church historical past and the improvement of Christian doctrine.

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