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Reflecting the Mystery: Analogy Beyond Negation and Affirmation

by Robert F. Fortuin Silence is a mystery of the age to come, but words are instruments of this world. ~ St Isaac the Syrian The Holy Spirit, in delivering to us the Divine mysteries, conveys its instruction on those … Continue reading

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The Curious Trinity of Dale Tuggy

Analytic philosopher Dale Tuggy has written a curious (but affordable!) book: What is the Trinity? Curious … because if, on the basis of the title, one is hoping to learn why the Church of Jesus Christ formulated the doctrine of the … 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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“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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St Basil of Caesarea and the Not so Simple God of the Gospel

If Eunomius is convinced that we may comprehend the substance of God and accurately name it “unbegotten,” St Basil the Great is equally convinced that the living God of Jesus Christ surpasses all human knowing and is beyond all names. … Continue reading

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Eunomius and his Simple God

Since the mid-second century, Christian theologians have described the substance of God as simple. At the most basic level they have meant by this term that God is incomposite being. He is not composed of parts nor can be divided … Continue reading

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