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date: 22 January 2019

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The bishops, theologians, and monastics of the early centuries of Christianity were often the guides for Newman’s thoughts, writings, and actions in his own day. Newman was one of the first in the Western Church to retrieve Athanasius’s doctrine of deification, so his pre-eminence in the nineteenth-century revival of patristic scholarship is deserved. But this chapter also demonstrates his lack of scholarly distance or historical consciousness. It covers the ground from Newman’s earliest encounter with the Alexandrian Fathers Clement, Origen, and Athanasius, to his engagement with the Latin Fathers Augustine and Pope Leo I, to later doubts about the theology of Clement and Origen, and finally to aligning the theology of the Alexandrians with the Latin Fathers.

Keywords: Athanasius, Augustine, Clement of Alexandria, deification, Pope Leo I, Origen, patristic scholarship, reserve

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