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The Filioque: History of a Doctrinal Controversy

Edward Siecienski

Abstract

Among the issues that have divided Eastern and Western Christians throughout the centuries, few have had as long and interesting a history as the question of the filioque—i.e., whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son” as the West came to profess, or from the Father alone, as the East has traditionally maintained. For over a millennium Christendom’s greatest minds have addressed and debated the question (sometimes in rather polemical terms), all in the belief that the theological issues at stake were central to an orthodox understanding of the trinitarian God. The history ... More

Keywords: filioque, Catholic/Orthodox relations, Holy Spirit, procession, history of doctrine, great schism, Council of Ferrara-Florence, Maximus the Confessor, Council of Lyons

Bibliographic Information

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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Edward Siecienski, author
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
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