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The FilioqueHistory of a Doctrinal Controversy$
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Edward Siecienski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372045

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372045.001.0001

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The Greek Fathers

The Greek Fathers

(p.33) 2 The Greek Fathers
The Filioque

Edward A. Siecienski (Contributor Webpage)

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While it would be inaccurate to claim that the Greek patristic corpus explicitly addressed the procession of the Spirit from the Son (positively or negatively) as later theology would understand it, the writings of the Greek fathers do contain important trinitarian principles, later used by both East and West in their respective theologies of the procession. Particularly important for the East were the anti-Eunomian writings of the Cappadocian fathers, the Council of Constantinople’s creedal affirmation that the Spirit proceeded (ejkporeuvesqai) from the Father, and the anti-Sabellian polemic. Yet alongside these traditional themes there was also in the Greek fathers (e.g., Cyril of Alexandria) an effort to establish an eternal relationship between the Son and the Spirit, leading many of the fathers to speak in terms that the West believed supported the Latin doctrine.

Keywords:   Origen, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Didymus the Blind, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Epiphanius of Salamis, Council of Constantinople, Cyril of Alexandria

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