Saturday, 11 April 2015

William Rusch: Athansius of Alexandria and "Sola Scriptura"

The importance of Scripture and its correct interpretation in the early church has always been recognized and appreciated. The purpose of this proposed communication is to explore how Athanasius viewed Scripture and its authority. Within the limited space of a communication, the major focus will be Athanasius's comment in Contra Gentes 1, "the holy and sacred Scriptures are sufficient (autarkes) for the exposiiton of the truth."  In standard treatments of Athanasius's views of Scripture this passage is not examiined.
The following questions will be briefly addressed: What is the meaning of this statement? How does Athanasius understand and use autarkes here and elsewhere? To what degree has Athanasius influenced later debates about Scripture?

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