Correspondence on Christology and Grace

Correspondence on Christology and Grace

FULGENTIUS
ROB ROY MCGREGOR
DONALD FAIRBAIRN
Introduction and Notes by DONALD FAIRBAIRN
Copyright Date: 2013
Pages: 272
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt3fgp6j
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    Correspondence on Christology and Grace
    Book Description:

    Between the years AD 519 and 523, Fulgentius engaged in correspondence with a group of Latin-speaking monks from Scythia, and that correspondence is translated into English--almost all of it for the first time--in this volume.

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-2151-9
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. ix-x)
    Donald Fairbairn
  4. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    • INTRODUCTION
      (pp. 3-22)

      The background to Fulgentius’s correspondence with the Scythian monks from AD 519 to 523 is a rope with many strands, both political and theological. I will present three of the major strands composing this rope: the Vandal rule of North Africa from 439 to 535, the Christological disputes in the Eastern Roman Empire from the Council of Chalcedon (451) until the time of this correspondence, and the Western theological discussion known as the Semi-Pelagian Controversy from its beginning in 427 until the time of this correspondence.

      In the 370s, the nomadic Huns began to move westward out of Asia into...

  7. CORRESPONDENCE ON CHRISTOLOGY AND GRACE
    • Letter from the Scythian Monks to the Bishops (Ep. 16)
      (pp. 25-42)

      Your servant Peter the Deacon, along with John, Leontius, another John, and the rest of the brothers who were sent to Rome in the cause of the faith, writes to the most holy lords who should be named with all veneration: Datianus, Fortunatus, Januarius, Albanus, Horontius, Boethos, Fulgentius, and the other bishops and those who are distinguished in the confession of Christ.¹

      1. (I.) We believe it will be useful, highly necessary, and particularly profitable for the holy churches of God if we present to you, holy brothers, what we and all the holy churches of the East defend concerning the...

    • Fulgentius’s First Letter to the Scythian Monks (Ep. 17)
      (pp. 43-107)

      Datianus, fortunatus, Boethos, Victor, Scholasticus, Horontius, Vindicianus, Victor, Januarius, Victorianus, Fontius, Quodvultdeus, Fulgentius, Felix, and Januarius¹ send greetings in the Lord to the beloved and highly esteemed saints and brothers in the faith and grace of Christ: Peter the deacon, John, Leontius, another John, and to the other brothers whom you mentioned in your letter² and who were sent to Rome together with you in the cause of the faith.³

      1. (I.) Our blessed brother, Deacon John, directed by your fellowship, presented to us the letter that you sent. After examining it, we simultaneously and eagerly acknowledged both your faith and...

    • Fulgentius’s Second Letter to the Scythian Monks (Ep. 15)
      (pp. 108-120)

      By the grace of God, Datianus, Fortunatus, Boethos, Victor, Scholasticus, Horontius, Vindiciamus, Victor, Januarius, Victorianus, Fontius, Quodvultdeus,¹ servants of Christ, send greetings in the Lord to the highly esteemed holy brothers, John the elder and archimandrite, and Venerius the deacon,² and to the faithful men whose names are included in your letter.³

      1. Just as through Christ’s grace the bond of love preserves members of the ecclesiastical body in the unity of faith, so likewise it is necessary for the members to be concerned for one another. This concern is necessary so that after the disease of any kind of perverse...

    • FULGENTIUS’S THE TRUTH ABOUT PREDESTINATION AND GRACE
      (pp. 121-232)

      To the holy brothers John the elder and Venerius the deacon.² I thank God that by his operation, you are the kind of men who contend very courageously and fervently on behalf of that grace by which we are saved. I am, however, saddened because some of our brothers, calling themselves Christians, strive to deny the Catholic faith. That is, they attribute the gifts of God’s grace to the power or merit of the human will, as if our effort, without God’s help, might avail for obeying the divine command, and as if the command were God’s only in the...

  8. APPENDICES AND INDICES
    • APPENDIX I: THE CHAPTERS OF JOHN MAXENTIUS COMPILED AGAINST THE NESTORIANS AND THE PELAGIANS FOR THE SATISFACTION OF THE BROTHERS
      (pp. 235-236)
    • APPENDIX II: A VERY BRIEF CONFESSION OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH BY THE SAME AUTHOR
      (pp. 237-238)
    • GENERAL INDEX
      (pp. 239-246)
    • INDEX OF HOLY SCRIPTURE
      (pp. 247-251)