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East and West: The Making of a Rift in the ChurchFrom Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264575.001.0001

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Augustine: Filioque?

Augustine: Filioque?

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East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church

Henry Chadwick

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Augustine's role against Arianism. In his work On the Trinity, he was concerned to refute snide pagan critics who thought it absurd nonsense to speak of One being also Three. To maintain the equality of Father, Son, and Spirit, he judged it wise to affirm that the Son participated in the Spirit's ‘proceeding’ from the Father. This chapter also discusses the Filioque theme expressing the unity of the Trinity, De Trinitate, where Augustine concedes that the Father alone is the originating source of both the Son and the Holy Spirit. Augustine's great work on the Trinity shows his awareness of differences between Greek and Latin theology.

Keywords:   Augustine, On the Trinity, Filioque, De Trinitate

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