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St Basil of Caesarea, Pneumatomachoi, and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit

“I neither chose to name the Holy Spirit God nor dare to call him a creature,” declared Eustathius of Sebaste in response to the Neo-Arian denial of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. At first glance, Eustathius’s ambivalence seems reasonable. … Continue reading

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Parousia as Fulfillment of Pentecost

Just as we may speak of the eternal Son emptying himself of his glory in the Incarnation, hiding himself, as it were, in the flesh of the man Jesus, so we may speak of an analogous movement of the Holy … Continue reading

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Transcending Moralism and the Freedom of the Spirit

This has been an interesting past couple of days.  My post “Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity” generated more “views” than any of my postings for the past few months, no doubt due in large measure to Fr Stephen Freeman’s recommendation … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Antiquity and the Determination of Dogma

How does the Church Catholic properly distinguish between orthodox doctrine and heretical teaching?  The question will always be with the Church, for she has been charged by her Lord to guard the deposit of divine revelation and to tradition it … Continue reading

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Sergius Bulgakov: The Parousia of the Holy Spirit

Just as we may speak of the eternal Son emptying himself of his glory in the Incarnation, hiding himself, as it were, in the flesh of the man Jesus of Nazareth, so we also may speak of an analogous movement … Continue reading

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Sergius Bulgakov: The Parousia of the Son

The return of Christ in glory inaugurates the apocalyptic transfiguration of the universe. This “return” does not imply that our Lord ceased to be present to the world after his exaltation. “I am with you always,” Jesus promised his disciples, … Continue reading

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“On this day the gracious Spirit himself was sent by the Father and the Son on a new mission, in a new mode, by a new manifestation of his mighty power, for the sanctification of every creature”

Today’s holy solemnity puts new heart into us, for not only do we revere its dignity, we also experience it as delightful. On this feast it is love that we specially honor, and among human beings there is no word … Continue reading

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