From Homoousion to Homohypostaton: Patriarch Methodius of Constantinople and Post-Patristic Trinitarian Theology



This article attempts to demonstrate that the ninth-century patriarch Methodius of Constantinople undertook a radical deconstruction of the conceptual framework of traditional Trinitarian theology, which resulted in the subversion of all recognisable differences between the second and the third person of the Trinity. It consists of three parts: a detailed analysis of a Trinitarian excursus in Methodius’ Life of the Iconophile confessor Euthymius of Sardes, which pays close attention to terminological and syntactical ambiguities; a comparison of this excursus with similar discussions by other authors of the time; and the identification of developments in the Late Antique theological discourse that can explain Methodius’ particular understanding of the Trinity.
  • Year: 2009
  • Volume: 3
  • Page/Article: 1-20
  • DOI: 10.18573/j.2009.10298
  • Published on 15 Dec 2009