St Gregory the Theologian: Oration 20 (part 2)


“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). Though St Gregory does not cite this text in Oration 20, it well summarizes his approach to theological reflection. Before we dare to think and speculate, much less publicly opine, on divine matters, we must first recall who and what is the object of our philosophizing. God is no ordinary object. Theology is not like studying rhetoric, mathematics, biology, or astronomy. God is the transcendent creator, the holy one of Israel. And so St Gregory recalls to his parishioners precisely what it means to meet this God. …

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