By A. Edward Siecienski
One of the concerns that experience divided japanese and Western Christians in the course of the centuries, few have had as lengthy and engaging a heritage because the query of the filioque. Christians far and wide confess their religion within the historic phrases of the Nicene Creed. yet instead of function a resource of cohesion, the Creed has been one of many leader assets of department, as East and West profess their religion within the Trinitarian God utilizing diversified language. within the Orthodox East, the trustworthy profess their trust in "the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father." within the West, although, they are saying they think within the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the daddy "and the Son"-in Latin "filioque." For over a millennium Christendom's maximum minds have addressed and debated the query (sometimes in really polemical phrases) within the trust that the theological concerns at stake have been primary to an orthodox knowing of the trinitarian God. To most up-to-date humans, this can appear like a trivial subject, and certainly so much usual Christians will be tough pressed to provide an explanation for the doctrine in the back of this word. within the heritage of Christianity, despite the fact that, those phrases have performed a big function, and the tale in the back of them merits to learn. For to inform the tale of the filioque is to inform of the increase and fall of empires, of crusades introduced and repelled, of holy males prepared to die for the religion, and of worldly males prepared to take advantage of it for his or her personal political ends. it really is, might be, some of the most fascinating tales in all of Christendom, packed with characters and occasions that will make even the easiest dramatists envious.
The Filioque: heritage of a Doctrinal Controversy is the 1st entire English language historical past of the filioque written in over a century. starting with the biblical texts and finishing with fresh agreements at the position and that means of the filioque, this booklet lines the background of the doctrine and the talk that has surrounded it. From the Greek and Latin fathers, the ninth-century debates, the Councils of Lyons and Ferrara-Florence, to the 20 th- and twenty-first century-theologians and dialogues that experience come nearer than ever to fixing this thorny challenge, Edward Siecienski explores the unusual and interesting background in the back of one of many maximum ecumenical rifts in Christendom.