Among the many issues that have divided Eastern and Western Christians throughout the centuries, few have had as long and interesting a history as the question of the filioque. Christians everywhere confess their faith in the ancient words of the Nicene Creed. In the Orthodox East, the faithful profess their belief in "the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father," while in the West they say, "...who proceeds from the Father and the Son (the Latin term "filioque").
In his new work, The Filioque, A. Edward Siecienski not only presents first complete English language history of the filioque in over a century, but he traces the history of the doctrine and the controversy that has surrounded it. From the Greek & Latin fathers, to the Councils of Lyons and Ferrara-Florence, and to the 20th and 21st century theologians that remain in dialogue over this thorny controversy, Siecienski magnificantly narrates the strange and fascinating history behind one of the greatest ecumenical rifts in Christendom.
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