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Transfiguration of the World
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The patristic tradition (Patristics, Patrology) always related the doctrine of creation4) to Christology and ecclesiology (Church). Only thus could it be properly seen as a statement of faith (Dogmatics 1.2.5). It found fuller development only during the Arian controversy (Arianism). Against the Arians Athanasius (ca. 297–373) made a radical distinction between the eternal begetting of the Son (Christology 2.1, 2.2, and 3) and the temporal making of creatures. Christ as Son is consubstantial with the Father (God 6). Creation was made ex nihilo—that is, it is a work, no…

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Panagopoulos, Johannes, “Transfiguration of the World”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.77>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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