Further Readings

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

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This chapter covers the remainder of the Byzantine period, taking the story down to the Fall of the City in 1453. A number of second-tier theologians are considered under the headings of ‘detractors’ and ‘devotees’. Particular attention is paid to two of Thomas' most vocal detractors: Matthew Panaretos and Kallistos Angelikoudes. In neither case is their opposition to Thomas seen to be within the mainstream tradition of Byzantine theology. Indeed, Kallistos' inveterate antipathy to Aquinas appears more in line with the anti-Latin works of Barlaam the Calabrian than with the works of the most celebrated Palamites. The focus then shifts to the ways in which Thomas was treated and used by the chief figures of the anti-unionist camp in the last decades of Byzantium: Makarios Makres, Joseph Bryennios, Mark of Ephesus, and, above all, Gennadios Scholarios. Scholarios is a figure of the greatest moment for this study as having effected a suitably critical but tremendously constructive appropriation of Aquinas to the cause of Orthodoxy.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Gennadios Scholarios; Manuel Kalekas; Matthew Panaretos; Kallistos Angelikoudes; Makarios Makres; Joseph Bryennios; Mark of Ephesus; union with Rome

Chapter.  11311 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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