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Two Spring 2016 Conferences


My second paper, under the category of Patristics was “The Christology and Pneumatology of the Cappadocian Fathers.” About my paper:

The Cappadocian fathers are known for their collective wisdom on the theology of the Trinity. As the debate with the Arians in the Trinitarian controversy developed, their talents in rhetoric and philosophy assisted in the creation of Christianity’s orthodox beliefs. This paper assessed their ideas on the Trinity seeking to reveal the two theological trajectories of christology and pneumatology. My thesis claimed that the underlying christology and pneumatology of the Cappadocian fathers are the linchpins cementing the doctrine of the Trinity in Christendom. The division of the paper involves six sections. First, a brief background of each father provides the setting for their concepts. Second, a discussion on the taxis of the Trinity offers a foundation for their christology and pneumatology. Third, an understanding of the Cappadocian fathers view of the Holy Trinity undergirds their arguments. Fourth, the importance of the Cappadocian christology is demonstrated in their writings. Fifth, an appraisal of their pneumatology will pay particular attention to the father’s view of the Holy Spirit. Sixth, concluding thoughts on the Cappadocian fathers christology and pneumatology in future renewal studies will be advanced. As I am an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a lively discussion with fellow students from the Stone-Campbell traditions on the Trinity and Alexander Campbell ensued after the presentation. The Stone-Campbell movement had issues utilizing the word “Trinity” as their motto remained, “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the bible is silent, we are silent.” The main theme for the conference was “How the Civil War Effected the Stone-Campbell Churches.”

 
Rev. Dr. Cletus Luther Hull, III D.Min.

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Category: In Depth, Spring 2016

About the Author: Cletus L. Hull, III, M.Div. (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry), D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (Regent University), has served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 30 years and psychiatric chaplain for 28 years. He also teaches courses in New Testament at Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, Pennsylvania. He has researched the growing Disciples of Christ churches in Puerto Rico and has an interest in the significance of the Stone-Campbell churches in American Christianity. His article, "My Church is a Mental Hospital" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Healing Line. Twitter: @cletus_hull, Facebook, www.CletusHull.com

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