From: bivalve (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jun 18 2003 - 16:29:18 EDT
Although several posts have alluded to it, it may help to state exactly what the difference is between eastern (Orthodox) and western (Roman Catholic/Protestant) versions.
Originally, the Spirit was described as proceeding from the Father. In response to a particular heresy, the western churches changed this to proceeding from the Father and the Son. However, this was done without a formal church council and with no input from the Orthodox church. Thus, to the Orthodox the western version is improperly ammended, whereas the western churches saw the Orthodox version as omitting an important phrase.
As far as I know, there is no objection to the concept that the Spirit proceeds from the Son. Conversely, the original does not say He does not proceed fom the Son. Thus, I do not think there is much theological import to the choice of version.
Dr. David Campbell
University of Alabama
Biodiversity & Systematics
Dept. Biological Sciences
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345 USA
That is Uncle Joe, taken in the masonic regalia of a Grand Exalted Periwinkle of the Mystic Order of Whelks-P.G. Wodehouse, Romance at Droitgate Spa
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