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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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Maximus the Confessor

Maximus the Confessor

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(p.73) 4 Maximus the Confessor
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The Filioque
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Edward A. Siecienski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372045.003.0004

The first reference we have to a theological debate concerning the filioque is found in Maximus the Confessor’s Letter to Marinus, written in the mid-seventh century. Maximus, a Greek living in the West, understood why many Easterners might have objected to the Latin view, and goes out of his way to interpret the Western teaching in light of traditional Eastern trinitarian theology. The Holy Spirit, he wrote, proceeds (ejkporeuvesqai) from the Father (who alone is cause within the godhead), but flows forth (proi>evnai) from the Son. Not only is Maximus a rare example of irenicism in the (increasingly hostile) debates between East and West, but he is also the first to offer a solution to the problem—a solution that centuries later remains our best hope of resolving this troublesome ecumenical issue.

Keywords:   Maximus the Confessor, letter to Marinus, ekporeuesthai, proienai

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