Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Filoque Okay by Usus Antiquior

At this years SBL meeting, an ancient piece of graffiti was discussed. It was in the basement or crypt of a basilica that had been demolished in 178AD. The graffiti read: ό δεδωκως πvεύμα (“the one who has given the Spirit”—namely Kyrios, the Lord Jesus) It's evidence that a fair number of early Christians were literate (why else write a statement from the liturgy?) and that the filioque clause in the Latin version of the Nicene Creed isn't necessarily an innovation. (Even if the fact still stands that it was not synodically inserted.)

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Suzanne said...

Love the cloud of witnesses. Where is this dome?

Rev'd Chris Larimer said...

It's the winning student submission for the new Blue Dome in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (at Catholic University in Washington, DC).