Orthodox Readings of Aquinas

Paperback | January 5, 2015

byMarcus Plested

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This book is the first exploration of the remarkable odyssey of Thomas Aquinas in the Orthodox Christian world, from the Byzantine to the modern era. Aquinas was received with astonishing enthusiasm across the Byzantine theological spectrum. By contrast, modern Orthodox readings of Aquinashave been resoundingly negative, routinely presenting Aquinas as the archetype of as a specifically Western form of theology against which the Orthodox East must set its face. Basing itself primarily on a close study of the Byzantine reception of Thomas, this study rejects such hackneyeddichotomies, arguing instead for a properly catholic or universal construal of Orthodoxy - one in which Thomas might once again find a place. In its probing of the East-West dichotomy, this book questions the widespread juxtaposition of Gregory Palamas and Thomas Aquinas as archetypes of opposing Greek and Latin theological traditions. The long period between the Fall of Constantinople and the Russian Revolution, conventionally writtenoff as an era of sterility and malformation for Orthodox theology, is also viewed with a fresh perspective. Study of the reception of Thomas in this period reveals a theological sophistication and a generosity of vision that is rarely accounted for. In short, this is a book which radically re-thinksthe history of Orthodox theology through the prism of the fascinating and largely untold story of Orthodox engagement with Aquinas.

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This book is the first exploration of the remarkable odyssey of Thomas Aquinas in the Orthodox Christian world, from the Byzantine to the modern era. Aquinas was received with astonishing enthusiasm across the Byzantine theological spectrum. By contrast, modern Orthodox readings of Aquinashave been resoundingly negative, routinely pres...

Marcus Plested has taught, lectured, and published widely in the field of Orthodox Christian studies. His first book was The Macarian Legacy: The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition (OUP, 2004).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:January 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198708890

ISBN - 13:9780198708896

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 1354 and all thatI: An Exercise in Multiple Perspective1. Thomas Aquinas and the Greek East2. Gregory Palamas and the Latin WestII: Byzantine Readings of Aquinas3. The First Phase4. Further ReadingsIII: Ottoman era and Modern Orthodox Readings of Aquinas5. Responses to Thomas in the Early Modern Period6. Readings of Aquinas in Modern Orthodox Thought7. New Perspectives

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"A magnifcent book... The story the author tells is fascinating and holds many surprises for theologians of both Eastern and Western traditions." --Andrew Louth, First Things