Hilary of Poitiers and the Transfiguration: A different perspective: Given by Janet Sidaway
Hilary of Poitiers (c. 315-367) is known as a staunch defender of Nicene orthodoxy, based on the Creed of Nicaea of 325, amended in 381 at the Council of Constantinople. His opposition to the Emperor Constantius, who promoted an alternative ‘Arian’ view, led to his exile from Gaul to the Eastern Roman Empire in 356. He spent a fruitful four years learning and responding to the more advanced theological ideas he found there.
The talk will show how these ideas related to Hilary’s view of the Transfiguration, and then discuss his contribution to the subsequent interpretations of the Transfiguration in Eastern and Western Christianity.
Janet Sidaway, MBA, PhD, is a visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London in the department of Theology & Religious Studies. Her book The Human Factor: ‘Deification’ as Transformation in the Theology of Hilary of Poitiers (Studia Patristica Supplement 6), was published in 2016.
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