Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts: Ambrose Of Milan & The End Of by Daniel H. Williams

Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts: Ambrose Of Milan & The End Of

byDaniel H. Williams

Hardcover | February 1, 1995

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This is a new and provocative study re-evaluating the history of the struggle between orthodoxy and heresy in the early church. Dr Williams argues that the traditional picture of Nicene ascendancy in the western church from 350 - 381 is substantially misleading, and in particular that theconventional portrait of Ambrose of Milan as one who rapidly and easily overpowered his "Arian" opponents is a fictional product derived from idealized accounts of the fifth century.Sources illustrating the struggle between the orthodox pro-Nicenes and "Arians" or Homoians, in the fourth century reveal that Latin "Arianism" was not the lifeless and theologically alien system that historians of the last century would have us believe. Dr Williams shows that the majority ofchurches in the West had little practical use for the Nicene creed until the end of the 350s - over twenty five years after it was first issued under Constantine - and that the ultimate triumph of the Nicene faith was not as inevitable as it has been assumed. Ambrose himself was seriously harrassedby sustained attacks from "Arians" in Milan for the first decade of his episcopate, and his early career demonstrates the severity of the religious conflict which embroiled the western churches,especially in North Italy. Only after an intense and uncertain decade did Ambrose finally prevail inMilan once the Nicene form of faith was embraced by the Roman empire through imperial legislation and "Arianism" was outlawed as heresy. This is an innovative and challenging book full of illumination new insights on the social, political, and theological entanglements ofthe early church.

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Daniel H. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University, Chicago.

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Title:Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts: Ambrose Of Milan & The End OfFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826464X

ISBN - 13:9780198264644

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`a succinct and well-reasoned account of the rise and fall of "Arianism" ... W. has presented a well-researched and convincing thesis ... W's study should prove fundamental to any future discussion of Western Arianism and Ambrose of Milan's role in the establishment of Nicene orthodoxy.'David G Hunter, Theological Studies