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Athanasius (Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality) Paperback – July 1, 2011
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"If Christian theology had superheroes, Athanasius would perhaps lead the list thanks to his sometimes single-handed struggle to maintain trinitarian orthodoxy. Leithart's excellent study shows Athanasius to be christocentric in his biblical interpretation and theology long before Barth made it fashionable to be so. The 'sense of the Fathers' is indeed being visited upon their evangelical great-grandchildren, and with mostly salutary effect. Leithart has got the Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality series off to a splendid start."--Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College and Graduate School
"Peter Leithart has authored a remarkably good book. He possesses an in-depth and insightful knowledge of the entire Athanasian corpus, and he has examined all of the relevant secondary literature. His scholarship is impeccable. Moreover, Leithart's splendid and stimulating originality resides in his clear and lucid articulation of Athanasius's biblical theology and the metaphysics that lies within that biblical theology. Thus, he has made a substantial contribution to growing academic appreciation of the indispensable and fruitful relationship between the biblical text and the doctrinal statement. Leithart's Athanasius is, as a result, a fresh, perceptive, and rewarding study."--Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap, The Secretariat for Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC
"The action of this book occurs on three levels at least: most obviously, it is a presentation of Athanasius in his confrontation with Arianism; then, too, the author conducts his own engagement with some modern and contemporary scholars both in their interpretation of Athanasius and in their treatment of the substantive questions; and finally, some perennial issues of scriptural exegesis and hermeneutics peep more directly through in many places. Peter Leithart describes his governing systematic purpose as the 'evangelization of metaphysics,' and it may be affirmed that classical doctrines of the Trinity and the incarnation here shine through in all their soteriological strength."--Geoffrey Wainwright, Duke Divinity School
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"Each volume of the present series explores how biblical exegesis, dogmatic theology and participatory metaphysics relate in the thought of a particular church father." Athanasius' battles with the Arians are the backdrop for most of his teaching. His positions, thought processes and applications are skillfully woven in a highly coherent manner. The metaphysical deep things of God are clearly presented. Leithart's work even builds in readability and accessibility right through the end such that Athanasius is bidden to speak himself, and his voice is clear, inviting, enticing and encouraging to all in living IN the WORD that we might all be one as He and the Father are one. How Christ has been our example, as set forth by Athanasius, is exemplarily presented by Leithart.
This book and others I've read this past summer have filled me with great hope. As a Catholic, Reading the works of Leithart, Bauckham and Millbank, I am greatly encouraged that the unity our Lord desires is ever closer at hand.