Master Class on "Athanasius and the Struggle for Orthodoxy"

Apr 17, 2015
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Brian Daley, S.J. (University of Notre Dame)


This master class seminar will cover the theological and doctrinal issues surrounding the First Council of Nicaea, focusing on the Arian controversy over the nature of Christ in relation to the Father. Participants will read and discuss primary texts from the early Nicene controversy with one of the world’s leading scholars of the Patristic period.


The Controversy over Arius of Alexandria: Letters by Arius, Alexander of Alexandria, and Eusebius of Ceasaraea:

  • Rusch, William G. (ed.), The Trinitarian Controversy (Fortress, 1980) pp. 29-44.
  • Hardy, Edward R. (ed.), Christology of the Later Fathers (Westminster, 1954) pp. 329-340.

From Athanasius of Alexandria:

  • Oration Against the Arians, chs. I-X, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers; Second Series (Hendrickson, 1994) vol. 4, pp. 303-326.
  • On the Decrees of NiceaNicene and Post-Nicene Fathers; Second Series (Hendrickson, 1994) vol. 4, pp. 149-172.

Secondary Reading:

  • Anatolios, Khaled, Retrieving Nicaea (Baker, 2011) pp. 15-31; 99-133.

This master class is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, including non-University of Chicago students. Copies of the readings will be provided. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Franzen.