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  • n. Plural form of theologoumenon.


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  • I like very much how Chrysostomos, the Archbishop of Etna, defines theologoumena; he calls it the "privately-held, though possibly accurate, views held by some Fathers."

    Scott Cairns: The Feast of the Transfiguration

  • The Eastern Church even has a word for the more provisional, interpretive activity; it is theologoumena (Θεολογούμενα), which is to say, simply, "to speak of God."

    Scott Cairns: The Feast of the Transfiguration

  • He also makes clear that setting a firm line between dogma and theologoumena is a Western disposition, and that the Orthodox view favors "a thorough, careful search of the Fathers and ... an existential immersion into their spirit -- to something that ultimately rises above the useful tools of research that we have borrowed largely from Western theological schemata."

    Scott Cairns: The Feast of the Transfiguration

  • Yet it is precisely the objection of the Orthodox to certain distinctively Catholics dogmas, such as the Immaculate Conception, that they purport to make what are only allowable theologoumena into dogmas.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • That is because dogmas are meant to be irreformable formulations of aspects of the depositum fidei—i.e., articles of faith—not merely theologoumena that some pope or council happens to want to make unquestionable.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • A series of theologoumena and religious problems for the future doctrine of Christianity lay ready in the teaching of the Pharisees and in the

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • The Greek Church has no history of dogma after the seven great Councils, and it is incomparably more important to recognise this fact than to register the theologoumena which were later on introduced by individual Bishops and scholars in the East, who were partly influenced by the West.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • The conservative elements have been used for building up the modern confessionalism, which in its endeavours to go back to the Reformers has never actually got beyond the theology of the Formula of Concord, the stringency of which it has no doubt abolished by new theologoumena and concessions of all kinds.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • The first of these older theologoumena is the Greek philosophical notion that the divine Spirit is the bridegroom and husband of the human soul.

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)

  • The constructs, or theologoumena (what a word!), are not so much contradictory as just belonging to different and incommensurable conceptual systems.

    The Scriptorium Daily: Middlebrow


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