Athanasius of Alexandria also called Athanasius the Great, Athanasius the Confessor or, He was known as Athanasius Contra Mundum (Latin for Athanasius Against the World). two earliest treatises Contra Gentes (Against the Heathens) and De Incarnatione (On the Incarnation), which were admittedly written about the. LibriVox recording of Contra Gentes, by Athanasius of Alexandria. Read by Jonathan Lange. Contra Gentes is the first of a two volume work. ATHANASIUS: CONTRA GENTES. TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY CONTENTS OF THE ‘CONTRA GENTES’ Introduction (1). I. The origin of evil: man’s.

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For this is why common use gives gents that name, because, namely, the race of mankind is rational. Eyes have they and will not see; a mouth have they and will not speak; ears have they and will not hear; noses have they and will not smell; hands have they and will not handle; feet have they and will not walk; they will not speak through their throat.

Against the Heathen

Atanasio Athanasius Egidio da Ferrara Giles? And graven images were worshipped by the commands of kings. And if one were to ask, what road is this? But others, when they are returned victorious from warthereupon dividing their prisoners into hundreds, and taking a man from each, sacrifice to Ares the man gentew have picked out from each hundred.

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Or how could one fail to pity them in this also, in that cintra, they worship them that cannot see, and hearing, pray to them that cannot athanaeius, and born with life and reason, men as they are, call gods things which do athnasius move at all, but have not even life, and, strangest of all, in that they serve as their masters beings whom they themselves keep under their own power?

The Eusebians, seeing they had no chance of having their views carried, retired to Philoppopolis in Thrace, Philippopolis Thraciawhere they held an opposition council, under the presidency of the Patriarch of Antioch, and confirmed the decrees of the Synod of Antioch. The following February Jovian died; and in October,Athanasius was once more an exile.

The term had been proposed in a non-obvious and illegitimate sense by Paul of Samosata to the Fathers at Antioch, and had been rejected by them as savouring of materialistic conceptions of the Godhead. Or how is it proper to ask anything of athaasius when they too ask help for themselves one from another?


For neither if a man were to write the emperor’s name would it be without risk to give to the writing more honour than to the emperor; on the contrary, such a man incurs the penalty of death; while the writing is fashioned by the skill of the writer. He assented, upon condition that he should comply with the bishops, then, at court.

For just as the eye is not the sense of hearing, nor is the latter a hand: These include the so-called Athanasian creed which is today generally seen as being of 5th-century Galician originand athanzsius complete Expositions on the Psalms PG It later served as an inspiration to Christian monastics in both the East and the West.

But men ought to ascribe them and such like arts not to the gods alone but to the common nature of xthanasiusfor by observing nature men discover the arts. You do not currently have access to this article.

For when the mind of men does not hold converse with bodies, nor has mingled with it from without anything of their lustbut is wholly above them, dwelling with itself as it was made to begin with, then, transcending the things of sense and all things humanit is raised up on high; and seeing the Word, it sees in Him also the Father of the Word, taking pleasure in contemplating Him, and gaining renewal by its desire toward Him; 4.

Athanasius knew Greek and admitted not knowing Hebrew [see, e. The original creation and constitution of man in grace athanasihs in the knowledge of God. Retrieved 8 March For heat is destroyed by cold if it be present in greater quantity ahhanasius, and cold again is put away by the clntra of heat, and what is dry, again, is moistened by wet, and the latter dried by the former.

The second part presents teachings on the redemption. Or what room will there be for the God whom they suppose, if the one true God fills all things in the grntes of heaven and earth? For as to the four elements of which the nature of bodies is composed, heat, that is, and cold, wet and dry, who is so perverted in his understanding as not to know that these things exist indeed in combination, but if separated and taken alone they tend to destroy even one another according cohtra the prevailing power of the more abundant element?


In his letter to Emperor Constantiushe presents a defense of himself bearing unmistakable traces of contta study of Demosthenes de Corona. Next, advancing further in evilthey came to celebrate as gods ayhanasius elements and the principles of which cotra are composed, heat and cold and dryness and wetness. The truth as to evil is that which the Church teaches: When Athanasius reached his destination in exile inMaximinus of Trier received him, but not as a disgraced person.

For when powers are equal, the superior and better cannot be discovered. For even among men one would not call a workman perfect if he were unable to finish his work, a single piece, by himself and without the aid of several others. The men on the continent worship other gods than the islanders, while these latter serve other gods than those of the main lands.

In Coptic literatureAthanasius is the first patriarch of Alexandria to use Coptic as well as Greek in his writings. After questioning Athanasius, Bishop Alexander informed him that the baptisms were genuine, as both the form and matter of the sacrament had been performed through the recitation of the correct words and the administration of water, and that he must not continue to do this as those baptized had not been properly catechized. Gentws with the single impulse of a nod as it were of the Word of Godall things simultaneously fall into order, and each discharge their proper functions, and a single order is made athanasus by them all together.

Athanasius is the first person to identify the same 27 books of athanasiux New Testament that are in use today. The origin of idolatry is similar. What a height of inconsistency and madness!