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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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(p.182) 6 Epilogue
Archetypal Heresy

Maurice Wiles

Oxford University Press

Poses a question that the preceding historical survey raises for contemporary faith. Orthodox Trinitarianism, and the Nicene Creed in which it finds classical expression, were hammered out in the course of the fourth‐century debate with Arianism. How far does the revised understanding of that debate, to which modern historical study points, put in question the kind of authority that traditional faith has normally ascribed to its outcome? The eighteenth century was able to pursue the issues in terms close to that of the original debate, because its understanding of the world and of the nature of scripture was closer to that of the fourth century than to that of the twenty‐first. Is the historical survey outlined in the book one where historical study should be freeing us from being too closely bound by our historical past?

Keywords:   contemporary faith, Nicene Creed, Trinitarianism

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