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The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

Peter Widdicombe


The fatherhood of God has a central, if increasingly controversial, place in Christian thinking about God. Yet although Christians have referred to God as Father from the earliest days of the faith, it was not until Athanasius in the 4th century that the idea of God as Father became a topic of sustained analysis. Looking at the genesis of Athanasius' understanding of divine fatherhood against the background of the Alexandrian tradition, the author of this book demonstrates how the concept came to occupy such a prominent place in Christian theology. He argues that there is a continuity in the A ... More

Keywords: fatherhood, God, Christian theology, Athanasius, Alexandrian tradition, Origen, divinity, Arian challenge, Jesus Christ, Arius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Widdicombe, author
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario