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By the Renewing of Your MindsThe Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine$
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Ellen T. Charry

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134865.001.0001

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Defeating the Fear of Death: Athanasius of Alexandria

Defeating the Fear of Death: Athanasius of Alexandria

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By the Renewing of Your Minds

Ellen T. Charry

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to ferret out Athanasian aretology, relying principally on Athanasius's duplex treatise Contra Gentes (CG) and De Incarnatione Verbi (DI). This work is especially helpful, since it was written before the bishop became embroiled in rancorous controversies. Here we hear Athanasius speaking pastorally, expounding a basic theme of patristic thought: Christianity returns us to the beauty, truth, and goodness of God, and to our proper immortal and incorruptible identity. His Third Discourse Against the Arians is also used as it explains this vision.

Keywords:   Athanasian aretology, Athanasius, Contra Gentes, De Incarnatione Verbi, Christianity

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