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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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The Unitive Christology of St Gregory the Theologian

The christology of St Gregory the Theologian, writes Christopher Beeley, “remains one of the great theological achievements of Christian tradition” (The Unity of Christ, p. 182). One is struck by how Gregory anticipates the christology of St Cyril of Alexandria. … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great and the Search for Hypostasis

“As I see it,” St Basil the Great writes, “while there is much that distinguishes Christianity from Greek error and Jewish ignorance, I think there is no doctrine in the gospel of our salvation more important than faith in the … Continue reading

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“The three men I admire most”: St Basil and the Idiomata

We all know the classical formulae—”three persons, one substance”; “one being in three hypostases”—and perhaps we even know that St Basil of Caesarea was partly responsible for securing this conceptuality in the Eastern tradition. But while everyone involved in the … Continue reading

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