Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit who is God

St Gregory’s principal goal in Oration 31 is simple—to proclaim forthrightly the deity of the Holy Spirit. In his judgment it is no longer permissible for the Church to equivocate or to remain silent. The confession of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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“We must be united with Christ—and how close a union it is—in order to see God”

Since the Son of God, in His ineffable love for mankind, has not only united His divine hypostasis to our nature, and taking a body with a rational soul, has appeared on earth and lived among men; but, more, than … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: Scripture and the “unbiblical” God

“But what do you say about the Holy Spirit?” the opponents of St Gregory Nazianzen ask. “Where did you get this strange, unscriptural ‘God’ you are bringing in?” (31.1). Thus begins the Theologian’s great oration on the Holy Spirit. Gregory … Continue reading

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“There is nothing of which the saints are in need which He is not Himself”

But in such a way the Savior is ever present in every fashion with those who dwell in Him, that He supplies their every need and is all things to them, nor does He suffer them to look to anything … Continue reading

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Denys Turner on Atheism

This conversation with Denys Turner and Jonathan Miller is an exemplary discussion about theism and atheism. I would love to bring Turner into conversation with St Gregory Palamas and St (Pseudo-) Dionysius. I sent this video to my son Aaron … Continue reading

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“This pool is life that floods the world”

Here is born
 in Spirit-soaked fertility a brood predestined to Another City, begotten by God’s blowing and borne upon this torrent by the Church their Virgin Mother. Reborn in these depths,
 they reach for Heaven’s kingdom, the born but once … Continue reading

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“Baptism’s knowledge of Christ is that of the bathhouse”

Baptism’s knowledge of Christ is that of the bathhouse. It is not a mannered knowledge, for manners, etiquette, and artifice fall away as one takes off one’s clothes. It is a knowledge of appalling candor, robust and intimate. It is … Continue reading

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