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St. Athanasius: Defender of the Faith Paperback – June 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Angelus Press; 2nd edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935952128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935952124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This short book _Saint Athanasius: Defender of the Faith_ by Michael Davies offers an important contribution to the traditionalist movement within Roman Catholicism. Saint Athanasius was a Christian saint and bishop who risked excommunication by his pope, Pope Liberius, in order to defend his faith from the Arian heresy proliferating at the time. The Arian heresy was a particularly disastrous heretical movement during the fourth century which was based on the speculations of Arius arguing that the Son was subordinate to the Father. This particular heresy infested the Christian Church and caused many to fall into error including the Emperor Constantius. In addition, the pope of the time Pope Liberius may have compromised with this heresy causing him to issue an order of excommunication against Saint Athanasius and to sign certain accords which affirmed Arianism while in exile. Michael Davies argues that despite the pope's fall, papal infallibility was maintained with regard to ex cathedra pronouncements by the assurance of the Holy Spirit. A pope may err in certain matters so long as he does not deny a de fide pronouncement when speaking ex cathedra. During this time, Saint Athanasius consecrated several bishops and priests to serve against the Arian heresy. This book is a good biography of this saint and offers an example of an heroic Christian who risked his life for the defense of the true faith. Michael Davies uses the life and times of Saint Athanasius and his pope as an illustration of a similar occurrence which exists within the Catholic faith in modern, post Vatican II times. In an era of mass apostasy, certain individuals within the traditionalist Catholic movement have attempted to uphold the Catholic faith and tradition from outside of the Church proper.Read more ›
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Saint Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, lived between the years 296 and 373, played a decisive role in the fight against the arian heresy, an error that denied the divine nature of Jesus and spread throughout the entire Christendom in the 4th century.
In order to defend the orthodoxy of the faith, he had to suffer an intense opposition and persecution from the episcopate of the time, almost entirely surrendered to such heresy, which conquered the pope himself (Pope Liberius subscribed it, but not in an infallible way). Expelled from his diocese nothing less than five times, he escaped at least one murder attempt, travelled across the known world of his time from Alexandria to Germany (he introduced monasticism to the Western Church), from the Libyan desert to Rome, and ordained not only priests outside his diocese but also consacrated several bishops faithful to the authentic doctrine of the Church. In the defence of Catholicism, he even challenged without hesitation Pope Liberius, which answered him with an unfair excommunication.
He died in 373 and a few years later, the heresy he had fought so vigorously across his lifetime vanished.
Saint Athanasius is now acclaimed as a champion of the Roman Catholic Orthodoxy and one of the few saints that have the right to be labelled as "the Great". He is undoubtedly a role-model for our times and for those whom insist in the defence of the Catholic Faith nowadays.
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This small book about Saint Athanasius is not a biography. So if that is what you are looking for, this is the wrong book. Though Michael Davies does briefly cover the Saints forced exiles and includes an appendix of a chronological table on the life of Athansius.

The books main purpose seems to first remind us that the Church survives every crisis with the integrity of Her doctrinal teachings intact. And that the Faith is not served by covering up historical facts. The author also does a good job of showing us how Saint Athanasius found himself standing alone in the face of the Arian heresy and defending Orthodoxy. And Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who in the Post-Vatican II era similiarly found himself defender of that same Orthodoxy. This defense of the Catholic Faith is what earned Saint Athanasius the title "The Great" and that of the "Father of Orthodoxy."
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