Making the Father the sole cause of the Spirit and the Son, Orthodox theolo- gy has a subordinationist
Chapter 3 shows how this subordinationist
Pneumatology, and its implicitly anhypostatic (or at least insufficiently hypostatic) conception of the Spirit, are present in Latin theologians such as Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas, and among Greek theologians such as Athanasius and even Basil of Caesarea and his brother Gregory of Nyssa.
Shepardson argues that Ephrem, geographically situated on the borders of the Christian Roman Empire, first in Nisibis and then in Rome, had a mission to promote the tenets of the Council of Nicaea, and that this included attacking the "Jewish" beliefs of subordinationist
Christians by identifying them with God's rejected People.
As we will see, Coleridge's uncertainties would be explicable as the understandable consequence of a rigorously Unitarian or subordinationist
perspective in regards to Christology, a perspective that Coleridge is thought to have held at the time of the original composition of The Rime, which emphasized the single personality of God, rejected any Trinitarian model as licit, and dispensed with Jesus's divine humanity by esteeming him as an exemplary, albeit wholly human, prophet and teacher.
Athanasius was not a major intellectual but his denunciation of all his subordinationist
opponents as heretical Arians impressed many and he was one of the few Greek bishops to attract a following in the Latin West.
In attacking the church for denying priestly ordination to women, Wills never once mentions Pope John Paul II's rejection, in his aptly titled apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem, of previous subordinationist
interpretations of scriptural texts which denied equal dignity to women.
Methodius is sometimes reckoned a subordinationist
in the light of De Creatis and Symposium VII.
Herbert, who presents a conventionally subordinationist
view of marriage with women 'kept firmly in their place' in his Outlandish Proverbs, tends to avoid the marriage trope in The Temple, more often presenting the relationship between God and the soul as father and rebellious child.
For example, he asserted with a subordinationist
air that Christianity alone "can authentically speak of the ground of being, goal of history and true humanity (for one cannot genuinely speak of these apart from telling and re-telling the story of Jesus Christ).
s attempt to downplay the subordinationist
tendencies in Origen's trinitarian theology, though compelling, may require further reflection on the mediatory roles of the Son and the Spirit.
found themselves struggling against opponents with various subordinationist
theological views, that is, Christians who preserved a strict monotheism by defining the Son's status as subordinate to that of God the Father.
There is, however, a subordinationist
strand in Luke's work, not it is true in his understanding of the post-existent Christ, but in his presentation of his earthly career.