Thomas Aquinas and the Greek East

Marcus Plested

in Orthodox Readings of Aquinas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650651
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745225 | DOI:

Series: Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

Thomas Aquinas and the Greek East

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Beginning an ‘exercise in multiple perspective’, this chapter explores those features of Thomas' theological achievement and background that helped prepare the ground for his largely positive reception among the Byzantines. These include his profound engagement with the Greek patristic and conciliar tradition, his mastery of classical Greek philosophy, his roots in the long tradition of Byzantine scholasticism, and his irenic approach to the Orthodox of his own time. Aquinas emerges not as a theological innovator or the proponent of a foreign methodology but as a figure many Byzantines could recognise and embrace as one of their own. Thomas' reception of the Greek patristic tradition according to a hermeneutic of orthodoxy and in a conscious pursuit of catholicity serves as a useful paradigm for any serious Orthodox engagement with the angelic doctor.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; greek fathers; byzantine scholasticism; byzantine liturgy; orthodox–catholic schism

Chapter.  8660 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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