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The Origins of the Christian Mystical TraditionFrom Plato to Denys$
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Andrew Louth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.001.0001

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Nicene Orthodoxy

Nicene Orthodoxy

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The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition

Andrew Louth (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Council of Nicaea, held in 325, marks a watershed in the history of Christian theology. The precise nature of the difference between the Orthodox and the Arians, between Alexander and Athanasius, on the one hand, and Arius, on the other, has been the subject of much scholarly debate. The point of difference is clear: for the Orthodox the Word or the Son was of one substance (homoousios) with the Father, for the Arians he was a creature, albeit a very exalted one.

Keywords:   Council of Nicaea, Christian Platonism, mystical theology, Anthanasius, dogmatic theology, Gregory of Nyssa, Arians, Orthodox

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