The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian Controversy' by David M. GwynnThe Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian Controversy' by David M. Gwynn

The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian…

byDavid M. Gwynn

Hardcover | January 7, 2007

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A historical and theological re-evaluation of the polemical writings of Athanasius of Alexandria (bishop 328-73), who would become known to later Christian generations as a saint and a champion of orthodoxy, and as the defender of the original Nicene Creed of 325 against the `Arian heresy'.For much of his own lifetime, however, Athanasius was an extremely controversial figure, and his writings, although highly influential on modern interpretations of the fourth-century Church and the so-called `Arian Controversy', display bias and distortion. David M. Gwynn examines Athanasius'polemic in detail, and in particular his construction of those he condemns as `Arian' as a single `heretical party', 'the Eusebians'. Gwynn argues that Athanasius' image of the Church polarized between his own `orthodoxy' and the `Arianism' of the `Eusebians' is a polemical construct, which hasseriously impaired our knowledge of the development of Christianity in the crucial period in which the Later Roman Empire became ever increasingly a Christian empire.
David M. Gwynn is Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford.
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Title:The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the `Arian…Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:January 7, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I1. The polemical writings of Athanasius: chronology and contextPart II2. Athanasius' earliest polemical work: the `Eusebians' in the Epistula Encyclica of 3393. The origin of the `Eusebians' in the polemic of Athanasius4. The influence of Athanasius' polemic 339-46Part III5. Who were the `Eusebians'?6. The `Eusebians' in action7. The `Arianism' of the `Eusebians'Conclusion