- 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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St. Athanasius: Defender of the Faith Paperback – June 1, 1995
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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.
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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The late Michael Davies wrote a very good little book that introduces the reader to one of the Church's most brave men, St.Athanasius. Read morePublished on May 2, 2005 by Amazon Customer
What is most striking about this book is the author's failure to enter the world of the 4th century. Read morePublished on May 1, 2003