Lois Farag, professor of early church history, is author of “Athanasius of Alexandria: An Introduction to His Writings and Theology,” published by Cascade Books in 2020. The book seeks to provide a brief, readable introduction to Athanasius’ work.
“Athanasius of Alexandria” begins with a biography of Athanasius, which allows readers to put his writings in context. The following chapters are arranged by topic, including Scripture, the Trinity, and spirituality. The book is supplemented by a map, featuring cities mentioned in Athanasius’ biography; the Nicene Creed, which contains themes and theological terms that were important to him; and lists of suggested readings at the end of each chapter as well as a bibliography for those who wish to learn more about him.
Robin Darling Young, associate professor of church history at Catholic University of America, writes, “Athanasius of Alexandria, whose dramatic and influential career forever influenced the course of Christian theological thought, has long deserved a clear and accessible introduction. Mother Lois Farag has given Athanasius’s students such an introduction, providing a handbook invaluable for those beginning the study of this early Christian teacher and bishop.”