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"Through the Son"

dcointin

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I've been studying the issue of the filioque, and found that there are fathers who speak of the Holy Spirit as proceeding "through the Son".  For example, St. John of Damascus writes:

"And we speak also of the Spirit of the Son, not as through proceeding from Him, but as proceeding through Him from the Father."

http://www.orthodox.net/fathers/exacti.html

My question is: what does the phrase "through the Son" mean for Orthodox Christians?
 

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The Spirit is descended!
dcointin said:
I've been studying the issue of the filioque, and found that there are fathers who speak of the Holy Spirit as proceeding "through the Son".  For example, St. John of Damascus writes:

"And we speak also of the Spirit of the Son, not as through proceeding from Him, but as proceeding through Him from the Father."

http://www.orthodox.net/fathers/exacti.html

My question is: what does the phrase "through the Son" mean for Orthodox Christians?
perichoresis.
http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/sermons/sizer_dance_love.htm
The standard definition of perichoresis comes from St John of Damascus, who was the theological fountainhead of Eastern Orthodox theology:



"The subsistences [i.e., the three Persons] dwell and are established firmly in one another. For they are inseparable and cannot part from one another, but keep to their separate courses within one another, without coalescing or mingling, but cleaving to each other. For the Son is in the Father and the Spirit: and the Spirit in the Father and the Son: and the Father in the Son and the Spirit, but there is no coalescence or commingling or confusion. And there is one and the same motion: for there is one impulse and one motion of the three subsistences, which is not to be observed in any created nature" (The Orthodox Faith, 1.14).
http://arstheologica.blogspot.com/2005/12/perichoresis.html
 
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