Theological Controversy and the Cultivation of Monastic Support

Stephen J. Davis

in The Early Coptic Papacy

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248306
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970436 | DOI:
Theological Controversy and the Cultivation of Monastic Support

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This chapter examines the history of the cultivation of monastic support and the theological controversies in the Egyptian Church during the period from 312 to 451 ad. It focuses on three theological conflicts: the Arian Controversy, the Origenist Controversy, and the Nestorian or Christological Controversy. It suggests that during these conflicts, the Alexandrian patriarchs positioned themselves as staunch defenders of theological orthodoxy and their importance was not limited simply to their literary output or to the role they played in defining and defending the faith of the Egyptian Church. They also had an important social and political role to play, one that was inextricably intertwined with their advocacy of specific theological doctrines.

Keywords: Egyptian Church; monastic support; Arian Controversy; Origenist Controversy; Christological Controversy; Alexandrian patriarchs

Chapter.  17194 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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