• Private Creeds and their Troubled Authors

    Author(s):
    Andrew Radde-Gallwitz (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Early Christianity, Religions of late Antiquity
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    4th century, Basil of Caesarea, creeds, Eunomius of Cyzicus
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64372
    Abstract:
    This article defends the disputed label “private creeds” as a useful one for describing a number of fourth century texts. Offering such a confession was the normal method for clearing one’s name on charges of heterodoxy in fourth-century Greek Christianity, though writing such a creed made the author susceptible to charges of innovation. A number of letters on Trinitarian doctrine by Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa should be read in light of the tradition of private creeds. Indeed, the writings of Basil and Gregory provide unparalleled evidence for the roles such creeds played in Christian disputes of the fourth century.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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