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God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium

Ashley M. Purpura


What are the religious justifications for the historical development and maintenance of hierarchy as the model of ecclesiastical organization in Orthodox Christianity? Beginning with its Christian coinage by Dionysius the Areopagite in the early sixth century, this book explores the theological development of ecclesiastical “hierarchy” in Byzantium. By presenting case studies of historically disparate Byzantine theologians who draw upon Dionysius’s hierarchic conception and engage it theoretically, liturgically, and pragmatically—Maximus the Confessor, Niketas Stethatos, and Nicholas Cabasilas ... More

Keywords: authority, Byzantine, Dionysius Areopagite, hierarchy, Maximus Confessor, Nicholas Cabasilas, Niketas Stethatos, Orthodox, power, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823278374
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823278374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashley M. Purpura, author
Purdue University