The Authenticity of Maximus the Confessor's Letter to Marinus: The Argument from Theological Consistency

The Authenticity of Maximus the Confessor's Letter to Marinus: The Argument from Theological... © 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

The Authenticity of Maximus the Confessor's Letter to Marinus: The Argument from Theological Consistency

Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 61 (2): 189 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© 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

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Vigiliae ChristianaeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: GREGORY OF NYSSA; CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA; PERICHORESIS; TRINITY; PROCESSIO; AUGUSTINE; GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS; FILIOQUE; PHOTIUS

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