Met Kallistos Ware on the Trinity

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  2. orthodoxchristian2 says:

    I have read his books. Interesting stuff!

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  3. Agni Ashwin says:

    Was the pre-incarnate Son more of an ‘individual’ than the Father? It seems that if the Father is the Principle or Source of the other two Persons of the Trinity, then the Father might be less ‘localized’ (in fact, totally non-localized), whereas the other two Persons would more be more individualized. By ‘individualized’, I mean being able to enter into a communicative relationship with, individual to individual. The Father seems ‘more’ infinite, and not an ‘individual’ (thus, only the ‘individual’ Son could incarnate as a human-Divine individual and thus bring human individuals into Life of the Father).

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Agni, by orthodox criteria, I think the answer has to be no: each divine person equally possesses and shares in the divine nature. The only difference between them are their hypostatic properties: the Father is unbegotten, the Son is begotten by the Father, the Spirit is spirated by the Father.

      In the second century we do see the Father as understood as more transcendent than the Son and Spirit, who function as mediators, as it were, between the infinite Creator and the finite creation. But this ontological subordinationism is rejected by the fourth century Fathers.

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