John Nikopoulos

Emperor Justinian as a theologian

pages: 109-127


Justinian was the Emperor of the Fifth Ecumenical Council. He is „a passionate Thelogian on the throne“, who wrote the ecclesiastical poetry, dogmatic treatises and delivered addresses to the Councils. With him theology became enthroned, as it has been earlier Philosophy with Marcus Aurelius.

The so-called „neochalcedonian theology“ (harmonization between St. Cyris of Alexandria and the Fourth Ecumenical Council) florished under his impetus. Contemporary historians appreciate more Justinian’s original contribution to the equilibrated Orthodox Christology in the turbulent 6th Century.

The Church remembers Justinian as a Pillar and Defender of Orthodoxy, who has been a gifted theologian.





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