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Late Patristic Developments on the Trinity in the East

Andrew Louth

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Late Patristic Developments on the Trinity in the East

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This article examines Trinitarian theology in the fifth through the eighth centuries. It focuses on Cyril of Alexandria who served as a consolidator of Cappadocian doctrine, Dionysius the Areopagite with his emphasis on God as ever greater, Maximus the Confessor whose emphasis lies on the transformation of the soul brought about by contemplating the Trinity and John Damascene who roots his Trinitarian doctrine in the unity of God. It stresses the importance of hymnody for transmitting Trinitarian doctrine and considers the impact of the rise of Islam.

Keywords: Trinitarian theology; Cyril of Alexandria; Cappadocian doctrine; Dionysius the Areopagite; God; Maximus the Confessor; soul; John Damascene; hymnody

Article.  6628 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; History of Religion

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