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26—Hilary of Poitiers: Exile and Understanding

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 28, 2020 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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He is often called the Athanasius of the West, and the two men had much in common. They defended the Council of Nicaea and opposed the emperor ... and suffered exile for their trouble. But Hilary’s approach to controversy differed from that of Athanasius. He listened to his opponents, read their works, and found common ground when he could. When he couldn’t, he was able to address their concerns clearly and directly. He was even willing to work with heretics as they opposed more radical heresies. He composed the first systematic treatise on the Trinity and was perhaps the first to introduce hymns into Western worship. His own hymns are still sung today.

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Hilary of Poitiers, On the Councils, or the Faith of the Easterns

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=2850

Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity (first 3 books) https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm?recnum=2851

Hilary of Poitiers, hymns https://hymnary.org/person/Poitiers_Ho

A hymn by Hilary in English translation https://youtu.be/bf51fVfV0VE

More works by the Fathers https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/

Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com

Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed http://www.ccwatershed.org

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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