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Orthodox Constructions of the West$
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George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251926

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251926.001.0001

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The Image of the West in Contemporary Greek Theology

The Image of the West in Contemporary Greek Theology

(p.142) The Image of the West in Contemporary Greek Theology
Orthodox Constructions of the West

Pantelis Kalaitzidis

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which Orthodox readings of the work of Thomas Aquinas have impacted on the construction of Orthodox identity vis–à–vis ‘the West’. An intriguing contrast emerges between Byzantine (largely positive if duly critical) and modern Orthodox (largely negative and frequently oppositional) readings of Aquinas. Aquinas has served a remarkably enduring term as a key interlocutor for the articulation of Orthodox theology. This chapter argues that the Byzantine reception of Aquinas provides a more fruitful paradigm for contemporary Orthodox engagement with Western theological traditions than the more hostile pattern of reception that prevailed for much of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, Gregory Palamas, Kydones brothers, Neilos Kabasilas, Theophanes of Nicaea, Sergius Bulgakov, Vladimir Lossky, Christos Yannaras

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