Category Archives: Gregory Nazianzen

“And when I speak of God you must be illumined at once by one flash of light and by three”

And when I speak of God you must be illumined at once by one flash of light and by three. Three in Individualities or Hypostases, if any prefer so to call them, or persons, for we will not quarrel about … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mary Prokathartheisa

In his monograph Immaculate Conception, Fr Christiaan Kappes advances a controversial thesis: invoking prokathartheisa (prepurified) as a title for the Theotokos, “the Greek Fathers—in the line of the Nazianzen until the introduction of Byzantine Thomism in the 14th century—never vacillated about … Continue reading

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“When I speak of God you must be illumined at once by one flash of light and by three”

And when I speak of God you must be illumined at once by one flash of light and by three. Three in Individualities or Hypostases, if any prefer so to call them, or persons, for we will not quarrel about … Continue reading

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To See God Crucified: The Theopaschism of St Gregory Nazianzen

“We need an incarnate God, a God put to death, so that we might live, and we were put to death with him.” (Or. 45.28) Before there was Jurgen Moltmann, there was St Gregory the Theologian. Of the early Church … Continue reading

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St Gregory the Theologian and the Apollinarian Nonsense

A God-man without a human mind—that appears to have been the view advanced by Apollinarius in the late 4th century. I suppose it makes some kind of sense. If the divine spirit effectively substitutes for the human mind in Jesus … Continue reading

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Mixing and Blending: The Orthodox Recipe for Theanthropos

“He comes forth, God with what he assumed, one from two opposites, flesh and spirit, the one deifying and the other deified. O the new mixture! O the paradoxical blending! He who is comes into being, and the uncreated is … Continue reading

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