Category Archives: Basil of Caesarea

“However much you exceed in wealth, so much so do you fall short in love”

You call him teacher, and you won’t do his lessons? You acknowledge him to be good, and what he gives you you throw away? But, surely, he who is good supplies good things; this is obvious. Although what you ask … Continue reading

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This Jesus is the Eternal Word of God

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This one was in the beginning with God (Jn 1:1-2) John 1:1-2 was one of St Basil of Caesarea’s favorite texts, and he … Continue reading

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The Cappadocian Brothers on the Propria of God

I’m sure it did not come as a surprise to either St Basil of Caesarea or St Gregory of Nyssa. Once they began to elucidate the mystery of the Trinity by means of the analogy between three human beings and … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily Against the Sabellians et Alios (part 3)

Having spent half of his homily addressing the two defining trinitarian heresies, Sabellianism and Heterousianism, St Basil knows it’s time to change topics.  The tell-tale signs are universal and timeless: people start fidgeting, they walk around and gossip with their … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily Against the Sabellians et Alios (part 2)

Against both the Sabellians and the Anomoians, St Basil of Caesarea invokes the testimony of the Gospel of John. Against the Sabellians, he cites verses that state the distinctive identity of the Son: “The Word was with God and the … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily Against the Sabellians et Alios (part 1)

While the tendency today is to minimize the importance of doctrine, this was not how the fourth century Christians saw the matter. They knew that their debates about God, as bitter and controversial as they were, cut to the heart … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily on Not Three Gods (part 2)

After briefly insisting that the confession of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit does not undermine confession of the One God, St Basil returns to the divinity and mutual relationship of the Father and the Son. This return feels odd … Continue reading

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