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Cappadocian Theology
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The monastic theologians and bishops, Basil the Great, his brother Gregory of Nyssa and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus came from the province of Cappadocia in Asia Minor and spent most of their lives there. For this reason, they are often referred to by modern historians and theologians as “the three great Cappadocians.” A cousin of Gregory of Nazianzus and colleague of Basil, Amphilochius of Iconium, is sometimes added to their number. The term “Cappadocian theology,” which is also modern, does not, however, refer to the ascetic trend commo…

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Markschies, Christoph, “Cappadocian Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11296>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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