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New Perspectives

Marcus Plested

in Orthodox Readings of Aquinas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650651
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650651.003.0008

Series: Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

New Perspectives

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This chapter re-iterates the chief conclusions of this book and attempts to encourage two further shifts in perspective. The first concerns the figure christened here the ‘Byzantine Aquinas’. In other words, the Byzantine and Ottoman-era reception of Aquinas within Orthodox theology is presented as a means of enhancing scholarly and theological appreciation of Aquinas well beyond the question of his reception by the Orthodox. The second perspectival shift concerns the possibility of an Orthodox re-appropriation of Aquinas, very much along the lines laid out in the Byzantine period. Such a shift, it is hoped, will make a tangible contribution to the emergence of Orthodox theology from the stultifying and limiting paradigm of opposition within the confines of which it has lived for far too long. The future of Orthodox theology, it is maintained, lies in a properly catholic construal of Orthodoxy that embraces all and not only part of the tradition which it has inherited.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Orthodox theology; Byzantine; Ottoman

Chapter.  3209 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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