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Are Christians Polytheists?

If Father, Son, and Spirit are each divine, then why are they not three gods? We are finally prepared to look more closely at St Gregory of Nyssa’s provocative answer in his Ad Ablabium. As we have seen, Gregory has … Continue reading

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Father, Son, Spirit as Divine Selves

“Three selves, one being”—does it work as a trinitarian formula? Well, why not? It all depends on what we mean by the word “self.” Dale Tuggy defines self as a center of individual consciousness, volition, and agency—i.e., someone who is … 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 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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