Definition of Filioque

1. n. The Latin for, "and from the Son," equivalent to et filio, inserted by the third council of Toledo (a. d. 589) in the clause qui ex Patre procedit (who proceedeth from the Father) of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed (a. d. 381), which makes a creed state that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Son as well as from the Father. Hence, the doctrine itself (not admitted by the Eastern Church).

Definition of Filioque

1. Noun. (theology) The use of the Latin word (term filioque and the son) in the Western form of the (w Nicene Creed), to indicate that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son (as opposed to the Eastern churches which believe the Spirit proceeds from the Father alone). ¹

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Definition of Filioque

1. a doctrine that the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Son [n -S]

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Literary usage of Filioque

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1. Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events (1876)
"... dissension between the two Churches. CANONICAL AND DISCIPLINARY DIFFERENCES. 1. Concerning the Creed. — The insertion of the filioque »»• declared to be ..."

2. The Creeds of Christendom: With a History and Critical Notes by Philip Schaff (1877)
"We agree in acknowledging that the addition filioque to the symbol did not take place in an ecclesiastically regular manner. 3. We give our unanimous assent ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In the East, the omission of filioque did not lead to any serious misunderstanding. ... It cannot be ascertained who first added the filioque to the Creed; ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"... Hist, of the Holy Eastern Church, i. 1093, London, 1850; E. 3. Foulkes. Historical Account ai the Addition of filioque to the Creed, London, ..."

5. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1864)
"Apology for the Greco-Russian Church, with reference, to the filioque. ... When the filioque both in Greek and Latin was, m the same creed, chanted three ..."

6. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1899)
"Holy Spirit1' and the words 'filioque' surreptitiously (said the Easterns) added to the Nicene confession of faith. It is suggested that this old grievance ..."

7. History of Dogma by Adolf von Harnack, Ebenezer Brown Speirs (1903)
"But the West at that time still held tenaciously to its own characteristic position as compared with the East in two doctrines ; it supported the filioque ..."

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