“Athanasius’ literary activity reflects the various facets of his own character—violent and fiery, uncompromising on the faith, and quick to brand his opponents as enemies of God, yet willing to overlook differences of language where the essential was agreed.”


No doubt Athanasius also occasioned hand-wringing about his tone and strong language and such. Ask yourself, though, what kind of guy keeps on fighting all his life, five periods of exile, riots, scheming, the emperor’s disfavor, the decisions of synods and councils and all that notwithstanding?


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