“Let None Desert the Church on My Account”Some Inconsistencies Regarding the Chrysostomic Vision on the Unity of the Church

Dragoş Boicu 1
  • 1 Andrei Şaguna Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania


By comparing St. John Chrysostom’s statements on Church unity after his dismissal, one can notice serious inconsistencies between the texts written by John himself and the statements attributed to him by Palladius of Helenopolis, who attempted to attenuate the outcome of the Johannite schism. In fact, the discrepancies are considerable and the Chrysostomic epistles addressed to the oriental bishops (85-90) imply that St. John encouraged the schism.

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