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Given by Mr. David Rodriguez , October 19, 2013 (Champion of Orthodoxy.)
05 02 St Athanasius
Saint Athanasius
St. Athanasius the Great is the first Doctor of the Church. It is arguable that no other saint (outside the Apostolic Age) has had a greater influence upon our understanding of the mysteries of the Holy Trinity and Incarnation. He is known as the Apostle of the Holy Trinity, Doctor of the Incarnation, Champion of Orthodoxy and Defender of Truth. He helped fashion the Nicene Creed to defend Catholic orthodoxy against the arch-heresy of Arianism (a denial that Jesus Christ is God). He stood up against mighty emperors and resisted the machinations of heretical bishops and malevolent churchmen. For many years, soldiers scoured the Egyptian deserts hunting him down with an imperial ‘death warrant.’ Nearly every bishop in the world (who formally remained head of his dioceses) signed a condemnation against St. Athanasius, refusing to hold communion with him, and even Pope Liberius [falsely] excommunicated him. As St. Jerome famously wrote, the world groaned in astonishment to find itself Arian and it was Athanasius against the world. Despite his greatness and importance, St. Athanasius remains a largely unknown saint today, ignored or forgotten by many Catholics. This six CD set informs Catholics about his life, work, writings and also provides an excellent summary of Catholic history in the 4th century. It was a highly tumultuous age and controversial time which had a decisive impact upon the development and growth of the Church. It also contains many parallels resembling our own age.

CD 1

1. Fourth Century Christianity

Audio Map
Life of Athanasius
Fourth Century
CD 2

2. Council of Nicea

Cast of Characters Council
CD 3

3. Imperial Arians Strike Back

Audio NotesArius
CD 4

4. Councils - The Battleground

Audio NotesAthanasius
CD 5

5. Athanasius Against the World (Contra Mundum)

Audio NotesContra
CD 6

6. Athansius Champion of Orthodoxy

Canon of Scripture
Interpreting Psalms
To Suffering Catholics