St Andrew's Patristic Symposia

St Andrew's Patristic Symposium 2014

The sixth annual patristic symposium organised at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College

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Symbolising the two traditions, of Alexandria and Cappadocia, the icon represents (from left to right) St Athanasius the Great, St Gregory of Nyssa, St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian and St Cyril of Alexandria.
Artwork by Ion Nedelcu (2013)

The sixth St Andrew's Patristic Symposium 2014 on the theme 

From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again 
Friday and Saturday, 26 and 27 September, 2014 
The symposium primarily explores the connections between the Alexandrian and the Cappadocian traditions in Late Antiquity, more precisely the ways in which the two centres influenced each other. Papers focused on particular figures are likewise welcomed. For the papers focused on particular figures, they can address the life, personality and contributions of the earlier Alexandrines and St Athanasius, the Cappadocians and St Cyril, from various perspectives, such as historical, theological, literary, spiritual etc. Papers on events, persons and writings directly or indirectly related to the above are also welcome. We welcome, likewise, papers on Church Fathers that are not connected with either Alexandria or Cappadocia.
Keynote Speakers 

  • Topic: "Mystics and Mountains:  Comparing Origen’s Exegesis of the Transfiguration and Gregory of Nyssa’s Exposition of the Sinai Theophany"
  • Paul M. Blowers is the Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tennessee, USA. Educated principally in early Christian studies, his specialization is early and Byzantine Christianity. Dr. Blowers holds the B.A. magna cum laude from Milligan College (1977), the M.Div. from Emmanuel Christian Seminary (1982), and the M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1988) from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a John O’Brien Fellow. He is a past President of the North American Patristics Society, and has been actively involved in that society for over twenty years, and has regularly participated in the quadrennial International Conferences on Patristic Studies at Oxford University. He has authored Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety (Oxford University Press, 2012), Exegesis and Spiritual Pedagogy in Maximus the Confessor (University of Notre Dame Press, 1991), and translated On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ: Selected Writings of St. Maximus the Confessor (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2003). He has edited The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997), and co-edited three other books, including In Dominico Eloquio / In Lordly Eloquence: Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Louis Wilken (Eerdmans, 2003). He is currently co-editing, with Peter Martens, The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation.

  • Topic: "Signs of Theosis in Synesius of Cyrene"
  • Bronwen Neil is Assistant Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a former Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. Neil has published widely on Maximus the Confessor, Pope Martin I, Anastasius Bibliothecarius, and Pope Leo I, as well as on poverty and welfare in late antiquity. She co-edited with Pauline Allen the Greek and Latin biographical documents on Maximus the Confessor (CCSG 39, Turnhout–Leuven, 1999), and translated the same documents with Pauline Allen (Oxford Early Christian Texts, Oxford, 2002). She also co-edited and translated the Greek Life of Maximus the Confessor (Early Christian Studies, Strathfield, 2003). She is co-editor of the Brill Companion to Pope Gregory the Great (Leiden, 2013), and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Maximus the Confessor, and is current president of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies.


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  • After the reviewing process, the resulting papers of the 2014 symposium will be published in any of the two annual editions of our journal, Phronema, the second one being entirely dedicated to the symposium.
  • A collective volume containing select peer reviewed articles from 2009-2011 symposia, dedicated to the Cappadocian Fathers, was published in 2013. Edited by Doru Costache and Philip Kariatlis, the volume is produced by St Andrew's Orthodox Press. A second volume resulting from the 2012 and 2013 symposia, dedicated to the Alexandrian Fathers, is scheduled for publication in 2015. Most papers which resulted from the previous symposia have been also published in the two yearly issues of our Faculty's theological journal, Phronema.
  • After this sixth edition, the St Andrew's Patristic Symposia will be organised biennially.