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Archetypal HeresyArianism Through the Centuries$
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Maurice Wiles

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199245916.001.0001

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What Is Arianism?

What Is Arianism?

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(p.1) 1 What Is Arianism?
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Archetypal Heresy
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Maurice Wiles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199245916.003.0001

Outlines the attitude of modern scholarship to heresy in general, and to Arianism in particular. Argues that Arianism as traditionally understood is largely a polemical construction created by Athanasius, and is an unsatisfactory concept for historical research. Finally offers its own sympathetic reconstruction of Arianism with a more positive evaluation of the Arian appeal to scripture, tradition, and research.

Keywords:   Arianism, Athanasius, heresy, reason, scripture, tradition

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