Chapter 36. The Conduct of Theology and the ‘Fathers’ of the Church

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Thomas Graumann Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch36

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Graumann, T. (2009) The Conduct of Theology and the ‘Fathers’ of the Church, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • conduct of theology and “Fathers” of the Church;
  • doctrinal deliberation and dispute in Late Antiquity;
  • increasing importance attached to councils;
  • coining of carefully worded creeds;
  • Fathers, the creed, and conciliar theology;
  • synods and councils;
  • Creeds and Statements of Orthodoxy;
  • authority of Nicene Council and Creed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Modes of Doctrinal Deliberation and Dispute in Late Antiquity

  • Synods and Councils

  • Creeds and Statements of Orthodoxy

  • The Authority of the Nicene Council and Creed

  • Fathers: Doctrine and Identity

  • Using and Interpreting Fathers

  • The Memory of Athanasius

  • The Fathers, the Creed, and Conciliar Theology

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliographical Note