The Ecumenical Legacy of the Cappadocians

The Ecumenical Legacy of the Cappadocians

by Nicu Dumitra?cu (Editor)

Hardcover(1st ed. 2016)

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This book brings the Cappadocian Fathers to life and explores their contributions to subsequent Christian thought. Melding together a thematic and individualized approach, the book examines Cappadocian thought in relation to Greek philosophy and the musings of other Christian thinkers of the time. The volume is unique in that it details the Cappadocian legacy upon the three central divisions of Christianity, rather than focusing on one confession. Providing a multifaceted assessment of the spirituality and beliefs of the fourth-century Church, contributors interweave historical studies into their philosophical and theological discussions. The volume draws together an international team of scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds including philosophy, theology, and Classics. The contributors bring their unique perspectives to bear on their analysis of the Cappadocians’ theological contributions. Special attention is given to the Cappadocians’ influence on pneumatology, Christology, and ethics. The Ecumenical Legacy of the Cappadocians sets the Cappodocians’ theoretical views in relief against the political and historical background of their day, enlivening and vivifying the analysis with engaging biographical sketches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137513946
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 297
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Nicu Dumitraşcu is Professor of Patristics, Mission, and Ecumenism in the Faculty of Orthodox Theology “Episcop Dr. Vasile Coman” in the University of Oradea, Romania. His most recent book is Christian Family and Contemporary Society (2014). His forthcoming publication is Basil: Faith, Mission and Diplomacy in Shaping Christian Doctrine (2016).

Table of Contents

Introduction; Kallistos Ware
The Cappadocians
1. Creation, Cosmogony and Cappadocian Cosmology; Carl Sean O Brien
2. Some Considerations Regarding the Cappadocian Trinitarian Ontology; Mihai Himcinschi
3.The Cappadocians’ Stress on the Monarchia of the Father in Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas; Krzysztof Lesniewski
4. The atypical friendship of Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus; Nicu Dumitrașcu
5. “A long way from home”: the travelling man according to St. Basil; Gunar af Hallström
6. Philosophical Arguments and Christian Worship in St. Basil’s Debate with Eunomius; Ovidiu Sferlea
7. The contribution of Saint Basil the Great to combating Pneumatochism; Nicolae Chifăr
8. A canonical approach to the 89th Canon of Saint Basil the Great; Elena Giannakopoulou
9. St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Love of the Poor (Oration 14); John McGuckin
10. Cappadocian Theology and Byzantine Aesthetics. Gregory Nazianzen on the unity and singularity of Christ; Anne Karahan
11. Gregory of Nazianzus’ Oration 31 on the Holy Spirit; Pablo Argarate
12. The Logos who Descends to Me – Saint Gregory of Nazianzus’s Christology; Florin Tomoioagă
13. Gregory of Nyssa’s View of the Church: Status Quaestionis; Jose Villar
14. The Use of the Term perichoresis in the Trinitarian Dogma according to St. Gregory of Nyssa; Marius Telea
15. The Holy Spirit as the “glory” of Christ. Gregory of Nyssa on John 17:22; Miguel Brugarolas
16. Conquering the Promised Land: Gregory of Nyssa shifting Origen’s impact; Victor Yudin

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"The three Cappadocian Fathers, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, have made a fundamental and enduring contribution to theology, alike in East and West. The many-sided presentations in this present volume, written by specialists, show clearly the creative originality of the ecumenical legacy of the Cappadocians." - Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Oxford, UK

"This volume is a long-awaited work on the huge significance of the Cappadocians to the development of Christian history, doctrine, and spirituality. Nicu Dumitra?cu has used his well-known expertise in patristic and ecumenical matters to rope in a large number of high-ranking academics and scholars from many countries." - Hector Scerri, Faculty of Theology, University of Malta

"This book offers an ecumenical survey of the wide scope of influence of the Doctors of the Church in modern theological thinking." - Daniel Alberto Ayuch, University of Balamand, Lebanon

"This book fits perfectly in the research line of Nicu Dumitra?cu. In this well-structured book, he relates the insights of the Church fathers to contemporary ecclesiological and missiological questions." - Peter De Mey, University of Leuven, Belgium

"Early Christian views, shared by churches of East and West, are used creatively to promote both modern ecumenical efforts and the deepening of patristic insight in what Christianity is about. A large-scale discussion, promoted by a wide variety of experts from different churches is helpful for understanding Christian history and the possibilities that history holds open for our time and the future." - Teuvo Laitila, Eastern University of Finland

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