© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157007207X195349 Th e Authenticity of Maximus the Confessor’s Letter to Marinus : Th e Argument from Th eological Consistency A. Edward Siecienski College Misericordia, Dallas, PA 18612 , USA Abstract Maximus the Confessor’s Letter to Marinus (PG 91, 136) has been used throughout the centuries by both Latins and Greeks to defend their respective positions vis-à-vis the ﬁlioque . Yet doubts about its authenticity, raised by both sides, have prevented its accep- tance as representative of the consensus patrum on the procession of the Holy Spirit. Th is paper argues that the best case for the authenticity of the Letter , all other doubts aside, is its consistency with the trinitarian principles Maximus inherited from the earlier fathers and established in his other works. For this reason the Letter to Marinus continues to oﬀer modern theologians and ecumenists the best hope for resolving the age old ques- tion of the ﬁlioque based on the earliest known patristic reference to the debate. Keywords Filioque , Photius, Trinity, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexan- dria, Augustine, perichoresis , processio Introduction Among the hundreds of patristic texts brought forward over the
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: GREGORY OF NYSSA; CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA; PERICHORESIS; TRINITY; PROCESSIO; AUGUSTINE; GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS; FILIOQUE; PHOTIUS
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