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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit Teaches his Divinity

“Were the Spirit not to be worshipped, how could he deify me through baptism?” asks St Gregory the Theologian. “If he is to be worshipped, why not adored? And if to be adored, how can he fail to be God? … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Progressive Revelation of the Spirit

If the Holy Spirit is God, why is this truth not explicitly taught in the inspired Scriptures of the Church? If the Holy Spirit is God, why did it take over 350 years for the Church to dogmatically confess it? … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit who is God

St Gregory’s principal goal in Oration 31 is simple—to proclaim forthrightly the deity of the Holy Spirit. In his judgment it is no longer permissible for the Church to equivocate or to remain silent. The confession of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: Scripture and the “unbiblical” God

“But what do you say about the Holy Spirit?” the opponents of St Gregory Nazianzen ask. “Where did you get this strange, unscriptural ‘God’ you are bringing in?” (31.1). Thus begins the Theologian’s great oration on the Holy Spirit. Gregory … Continue reading

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Not Knowing–yet Knowing–the Incomprehensible God (part 3)

If for Eunomius God is unbegotten essence, perhaps one might say that for St Gregory of Nazianzus God is incomprehensible essence. This does not mean that Gregory is simply substituting one exclusive name for another, nor does it mean that … Continue reading

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Not Knowing–yet Knowing–the Incomprehensible God (part 2)

St Gregory enters the holy cloud and meets the ineffable Deity. He does not find a God whose essence can be clearly defined. He finds rather the God beyond human comprehension, the absolute mystery who transcends our philosophical categories and … Continue reading

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St Gregory the Theologian: The First Theological Oration

The Theological Orations of St Gregory Nazianzen were delivered at a time when the Church in Constantinople was wracked by theological controversy revolving around the identity and nature of God. Gregory evidently composed these five lectures as a comprehensive and … Continue reading

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