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Athanasius

Saint. ?296--373 ad, patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism. Feast day: May 2
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There are four extant manuscripts of a 14th-century anonymous interlinear Latin-to-Middle English glossed prose translation of the Book of Psalms, 11 canticles, and the Athanasian Creed.
When Theodosius declared it a treasonable offense for anyone to practice any other religion, he established the Athanasian form of Christianity, which emphasizes, as Pharaoh Hatshepsitu exclaimed, that a special person could be a God at birth (Burns & Ralph, 1969).
12) After drawing the conclusion, from his catalogue of ancient texts relating to the Trinity and the Incarnation, that "the testimonies for Arianism were vastly superior in Number, Plainness, and Antiquity, to those which are commonly suppos'd to be for the Athanasian Doctrine," Whiston decided to invite the scholarly clergy of his day to examine his papers.
Persecution and exile in the Patristic Period: Athanasian and Augustinian perspectives".
As understood by the Christian theological tradition in the Athanasian and Chalcedonian creeds, the dual nature of Jesus Christ is what bridges the chasm between the divine and the human.
the Chalcedonian Definition (451) and the so-called Athanasian Creed (ca.
Thus, in the eyes of the Dissenters, Catholicism, the branch of Christianity that "denied to the laity the use of the bible," (20) had installed itself in the early versions of the text; Anglicanism had been at best tolerant of such additions and at worst eager to imitate the Catholic example of excessive elaboration of doctrines that Dissenters found suspect (such as the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds that required belief in the Trinity).
Nothing less than the fate of high-modern England is here refracted through what Eliot was later to characterize (Selected Essays 286-88) as the "unified" sensibility of English early modernity, but which Coleridge himself would no doubt rather have understood as a sensibility of the loving and other-welcoming heart attuned (philosophically) to dynamic polarity and (theologically) to the Holy Cross and the Holy Trinity, as the latter is expounded in the "crossing and clamorous clauses" of the Athanasian Creed (Williams Descent of the Dove 59).
Her Ministers, indeed I do not regard as infallible personages, I have seen too much of them for that--but to the Establishment, with all her faults--the profane Athanasian Creed excluded--I am sincerely attached.
The traditional words appear also in the Athanasian Creed, which may have had its origin in the Gallican rite in the fifth century, but in the Nicene Creed, probably affirmed by the Council of Constantinople in 381, Jesus is only said to have "suffered death and was buried.
A useful comparandum would be the fourth-century, Athanasian Creed, designed formally and theologically to reinforce the sameness, completeness, and unchangingness of the persons of the Trinity.
Besides the Psalms, the psalter contains a calendar of saints' days and festivals, canticles, the Athanasian Creed, a litany, and prayers.