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The Early Coptic PapacyThe Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity$
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Stephen J. Davis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248306

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248306.001.0001

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Theological Controversy and the Cultivation of Monastic Support

Theological Controversy and the Cultivation of Monastic Support

The Alexandrian Patriarchate from 312 to 451 (Achillas to Dioscorus I)

(p.43) Three Theological Controversy and the Cultivation of Monastic Support
The Early Coptic Papacy

Stephen J. Davis

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the history of the cultivation of monastic support and the theological controversies in the Egyptian Church during the period from 312 to 451 ad. It focuses on three theological conflicts: the Arian Controversy, the Origenist Controversy, and the Nestorian or Christological Controversy. It suggests that during these conflicts, the Alexandrian patriarchs positioned themselves as staunch defenders of theological orthodoxy and their importance was not limited simply to their literary output or to the role they played in defining and defending the faith of the Egyptian Church. They also had an important social and political role to play, one that was inextricably intertwined with their advocacy of specific theological doctrines.

Keywords:   Egyptian Church, monastic support, Arian Controversy, Origenist Controversy, Christological Controversy, Alexandrian patriarchs

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