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Alexandrian Theology
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The term “Alexandrian theology” refers to two different, yet related, theological tendencies, one older, represented especially by Clement of Alexandria and Origen (primarily oriented toward “apologetics”), and a younger one, shaped primarily by Athanasius and Cyril, which represents a “very self-conscious and high church-clerical orthodoxy” (Chadwick), but could be considered increasingly less “Alexandrian” in the strict geographical sense. The precondition for both, especially for the older Alexandrian theology, was the specifically “Alexandria…

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Ritter, Adolf M., “Alexandrian Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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