Arius is widely considered to be Rowan Williams’ magnum opus. Long out of print, and never before available in paperback, the re- issue of this extremely important book in a form and at a price makes it for non- specialists, as well as scholars, a major publishing event.
Arianism has been called the ‘archetypal Christian heresy’- a denial of the divine status of Christ. In his masterly examination, now augmented by substantial new material, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His ‘heresy’ grew out of the attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques, and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church.
Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy is defined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy. With a fresh conclusion, in which the author reflects on how his views have changed or remained the same., this book will be mandatory reading for students of patristics, doctrine, and church history, as well as beyond.