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In this brief clip from his series A Survey of Church History, W. Robert Godfrey explains how Augustine is the beginning example of the growing division between Eastern and Western theology in the ancient church. Watch this entire message for free today.
After Origen, clearly the most important theologian in the ancient church period for the West is Augustine, but Augustine is of almost no importance for the Eastern church. And so that’s a sign of how significant at the time of Augustine the shift, the split between Eastern theology and Western theology begins to come. It’s not really that the church splits, the church will remain united at least formally for another fve or six hundred years, but increasingly there’s a drift apart theologically between the Eastern church and the Western church, and Augustine is kind of the beginning and the exemplar of that.