from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or relating to Athanasius.
- noun A follower of Athanasius, especially in opposition to Arianism.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to Athanasius (about 296 to 373), bishop of Alexandria.
- noun A follower of Athanasius or a believer in his creed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria in the 4th century.
- adjective a formulary, confession, or exposition of faith, formerly supposed to have been drawn up by Athanasius; but this opinion is now rejected, and the composition is ascribed by some to Hilary, bishop of Arles (5th century). It is a summary of what was called the orthodox faith.
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- adjective Of or relating to Athanasius of Alexandria.
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Creed which is called Athanasian, and to enquire what defence may fairly be made, if it is the form against which the Professor really brought this charge.
Nicene and even the so-called Athanasian Creed give very little idea to those who do not also know something of the Councils, the Fathers, and the Schoolmen?
Here we mention only some of the later documents in which the patristic doctrine has been clearly expresssed: the dogmatic letter of St. Leo I to Turribius, Bishop of Astorga, Ep. XV, c. i (447); the so-called Athanasian Creed; several councils held at Toledo in the years 447, 589 (III), 675 (XI), 693 (XVI); the letter of Pope
I wish they could get rid of the so-called Athanasian Creed.
Even in the case of that most precious Creed called the Athanasian, -- why need we assume that "the growth of ideas" has been a spurious growth?
Upon what ground then does the Church of England reconcile with this decree its reception of the so called Athanasian creed?
Gospel of S. Mark; and it may not be amiss to remind them the Creed called the "Athanasian" speaks no other language than that employed by the Divine Author of our Religion and Object of our Faith.
The "Athanasian" creed asserts that whoever doth not fully believe its dogmas "shall without doubt perish everlastingly."
The complex God of the Athanasian Creed may be an enigma for the intellect; but He is far less likely to gather the mystery and cruelty of a Sultan than the lonely god of Omar or Mahomet.
If you've ever wondered where on earth all the winding clauses in the Christology of the Athanasian Creed come from, this book is a starting spot on that.