Wednesday, 13 July 2011

William Rusch - Corresponding with Emperor Jovian: The Strategy and Theology of Apollinaris of Laodicea and Athanasius of Alexandria

In June of 363, Jovian was proclaimed emperor. At the outset of his brief reign, Jovian requested Christian leaders to set forth their view of the Christian faith. This request resulted in two documents that often have been slighted in understanding the theological debates of the mid-fourth century: Apollinaris of Laodicea’s Profession of Faith to the Emperor Jovian and Athanasius of Alexandria’s Letter to Emperor Jovian Concerning the Faith. An examination of both texts reveals insights into the thoughts of both these bishops at a key moment in the Trinitarian controversy.

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