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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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St Basil the Great: Homily on Not Three Gods (part 1)

On Not Three Gods (Adversus eos qui per calumniam dicunt dici a nobis deos tres)—it’s a curious homily and perhaps not a successful one. St Basil, bishop of Caesarea, has been denounced for preaching tritheism. He takes advantage of a … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily on the Beginning of the Gospel of John

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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St Basil the Great: Homily on Faith

Scholars are unable to date St Basil of Caesarea’s homily On Faith (De fide) with much accuracy. It appears to have been composed sometime between 365 and 375, with 372-375 being the most likely years, given the attention given to … Continue reading

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