Devil in Athanasius of Alexandria, part 5

Herein we continued, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, considering info on the Devil in Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 AD).

Herein we continued, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, considering info on the Devil in Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 AD). The fuller complete result consists of quotations of those sections within the text that refer to Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devil, Satan, demons, serpent and dragon. The point is not to elucidate these references but to provide relevant partial quotations and citations. See my section on Angels here, Cherubim and Seraphim here, Satan here and Demons here.

Devil in Athanasius of Alexandria’s De Synodis and History of the Arians.

De Synodis
39 Thus whereas the devil, though speaking from the Scriptures, is silenced by the Saviour, the blessed Paul, though he speaks from profane writers, ‘The Cretans are always liars,’ and, ‘For we are His offspring,’ and, ‘Evil communications corrupt good manners,’ yet has a religious meaning, as being holy—is ‘doctor of the nations, in faith and verity,’ as having ‘the mind of Christ?’

48 For he who disagreed, the devil, was beheld to fall from the heavens, as the Lord said.

50 For we must take reverent heed, lest transferring what is proper to the Father to what is unlike Him in essence, and expressing the Father’s godhead by what is unlike in kind and alien in essence, we introduce another essence foreign to Him, yet capable of the properties of the first essence , and lest we be silenced by God Himself, saying, ‘My glory I will not give to another,’ and be discovered worshipping this alien God, and be accounted such as were the Jews of that day, who said, ‘Wherefore do You, being a man, make Yourself God.’ referring, the while, to another source the things of the Spirit, and blasphemously saying, ‘He casts out devils through Beelzebub.’

History of the Arians
Part IV
33 Now if it was altogether unseemly in any of the Bishops to change their opinions merely from fear of these things, yet it was much more so, and not the part of men who have confidence in what they believe, to force and compel the unwilling. In this manner it is that the Devil, when he has no truth on his side, attacks and breaks down the doors of them that admit him with axes and hammers.

66 O new heresy, that hast put on the whole devil in impiety and wicked deeds!

78 For Egypt has heretofore been the only country, throughout which the profession of the orthodox faith was boldly maintained ; and therefore these misbelievers have striven to introduce jealousy there also, or rather not they, but the devil who has stirred them up, in order that when his herald Antichrist shall come, he may find that the Churches in Egypt also are his own, and that the Meletians have already been instructed in his principles, and may recognise himself as already formed in them.

In the next segment, we will consider more on the Devil in Athanasius.


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