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Reconstructing the Theology of Evagrius Ponticus
Beyond Heresy

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896801

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  • Evagrius Ponticus is regarded by many scholars as the architect of the eastern heresy Origenism, as his theology corresponded to the debates that erupted in 399 and episodically thereafter, culminating in the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 AD. However some scholars now question this conventional interpretation of Evagrius' place in the Origenist controversies. Augustine Casiday sets out to reconstruct Evagrius' theology in its own terms, freeing interpretation of his work from the reputation for heresy that overwhelmed it, and studying his life, writings and evolving legacy in detail. The first part of this book discusses the transmission of Evagrius' writings, and provides a framework of his life for understanding his writing and theology, whilst part two moves to a synthetic study of major themes that emerge from his writings. This book will be an invaluable addition to scholarship on Christian theology, patristics, heresy and ancient philosophy.

    • A valuable introduction to Evagrius' works which takes into account all his writings, however minor
    • Situates the modern study of Evagrius within its historical context across all major languages for a comprehensive account of his life and works
    • Synthesises major theological themes in early Christian studies on the basis of Evagrius' entire known corpus
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is the most revolutionary book on Evagrius in decades … our understanding of Evagrius will be greatly advanced by this book.' Ian Gerdon, Religion Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896801
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Evagrius' life and his contemporaries
    2. Evagrius' writings
    3. Evagrius' reputation
    4. The fellowship of Evagrius
    5. The interpretation and enactment of Scriptures
    6. Prayer - the fountainhead of Evagrius' theology
    7. Christ, the face of God and the face of man
    8. The Trinity and ultimate blessedness

  • Author

    Augustine Casiday, Cardiff University
    Augustine Casiday is Senior Lecturer in Historical Theology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. He is author of Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian (2006) and The Trinity and Incarnate Word (2008). He is editor of The Orthodox Christian World (2012), co-editor with Andrew Louth of Byzantine Orthodoxies (2006) and with Frederick W. Norris, of The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume II: Constantine to c.600 (Cambridge, 2007).

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