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Saint Athanasius

F. A. Forbes

Book Overview: 

A short and rather old fashioned biography a great saint. Don't expect subtlety; it's unapologetic hagiography. The saint is presented as a figure of pristine brilliance, courage and integrity and his persecutors as conniving villains. But to those who appreciate what was at stake in the controversy, Athanasius is indeed a God-sent hero. This is an informative, if quaint, introduction to a fascinating figure in history.

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. . .Bishops were present, besides a multitude of priests, deacons and acolytes. It was like the Day of Pentecost, said the people: "men of all nations and of all tongues."

Many bore the glorious marks of the sufferings they had endured for Christ; others were wasted with long years of prison. There were the hermit Bishops of Egypt, Paphnutius and Potamon, who had each lost an eye for the Faith; Paul of Neo-Caesarea, whose muscles had been burned with red-hot irons and whose paralyzed hands bore witness to the fact; Cecilian of Carthage, intrepid and faithful guardian of his flock; James of Nisibis, who had lived for years in the desert in caves and mountains; Spyridion, the shepherd Bishop of Cyprus, and the great St. Nicholas of Myra, both famed for their miracles.

Among the Bishops of the West were Theophilus the Goth, golden-haired and ruddy, who had won thousands to the Faith; and Hosius the Spaniard, known as "the holy," who ha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It is a religious look at the time in Rome when many of the thoughts of the day were varying from a belief in the one true God. A picture of the one true God without a begotten Son within his being. Also all the thoughts of the former ways of Rome and the pantheon of gods, who formerly years earlier

While certainly entertaining, it is quite a fantastical approach to the great Athanasius. While there are well-recorded truths within, ones easily verified by other historical accounts, there are things quite unreal contained within. Those truths, sprinkled throughout this work serve to appreciate h

This is a great intro to Athanasius. This is the book that sparked many other reads on the early church fathers and how orthodoxy came to be.

A must read about a true man of God.

Wow I just finished this incredible biography. He stood for truth under such circumstances that most would have given up. Athanasius Truly Loved God!I
Truly fought for The Truth of scriptures. Persecuted by apostates who he refused to let them destroy orthodoxy.
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A persistent, well-loved man who stood up for his faith, repeatedly upholding the truths of the Nicene Creed to all on numerous attacks by the Arians who denied that Christ is God.

While the major events in the life of Athanasius are presented, the reader should note that this book is more historical fiction than a true biography. It is probably not necessary to state this, as it will be evident upon reading the first few pages, what with their too-good-to-be-true tale of the

Brief overview of the life of Athanasius written as a narrative with a mix of creative license and quotes from documents. It reads like a story, providing dates and names and events to learn more about later if you want to do that. I learned some new things without having to plow through a lot of dr

Very typical writing for the age in which it was written but a good general overview of Anthanasius' life.

A short but inspiring account of the life of Athanasius. I knew something of his life before reading this, now the story has been fleshed out. This is written in an accessible style and also provides helpful context about the Arian heresy and the origins of the Nicene Creed. A great summary of Athan

I love this book. It is easy to read and packed with soul stirring info. I believe that should be required reading for every Christian. Without his obedience who knows what lies would of seeped in.

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