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The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius$
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Peter Widdicombe

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242481.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

Peter Widdicombe

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the genesis of Athanasius' theology of God as Father and to analyse its structure against the background of the Alexandrian tradition. It is important to recognize that Athanasius was not the first Alexandrian to write about the divine fatherhood. He was writing within the context of an Alexandrian tradition of reflection on the fatherhood of God, a tradition in which the terms Father and Son were the determinative metaphors for theological discussion. The book also demonstrates that Origen believed that the affirmation God is Father lay at the heart of the Christian faith.

Keywords:   Athanasius, God, Father, Son, fatherhood, Alexandrian tradition, Origen, Christian faith

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