n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The in Orthodoxy and St. Photios on St. Augustine




As Orthodox dogma is characterized as a firm expression of the faith and universal consciousness of the pleroma or fullness of the Church, she is the guardian of the dogmatic faith of Orthodoxy, and is inspired by the Holy Spirit through ecumenical councils (Karmiris : 1965). In this mindset, how is St. Augustine viewed in Orthodoxy given that he corrupted the Nicene Creed by inserting the Filioque clause? Can St. Augustine who promoted agape still be regarded as a "Holy Father of the Church" or was he a heretic? This article attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the utterances of St. Photios in this regard, and by examining the issue of the Divine Persons of the Triune Godhead as having one essence.


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