The Second Concerning the Son. I. Since I have by the power of the Spirit sufficiently overthrown the subtleties and intricacies of the arguments, and already. The Fifth Theological Oration. On the Holy Spirit. I. Such then is the account of the Son, and in this manner He has escaped those who would stone Him, passing. Oration 1 · Oration 2 · Oration 3 · Oration 7 · Oration 8 · Oration 12 · Oration 16 · Oration 18 · Oration 21 · Oration 27 First Theological Oration Oration 28 Second.

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But since the fact, that Scripture does not very clearly or very often write Him God in express words as it does first the Father and afterwards the Sonbecomes to you an occasion of blasphemy and of this excessive wordiness and impiety, we will release you from this inconvenience by a short discussion of things and names, and especially of their use in Holy Scripture. Look at these facts: Shall we oratins an accusation against Solomon, or thelogical his former words because of his fall in after-life?

St Gregory the Theologian: The First Theological Oration | Eclectic Orthodoxy

The Five Theological Orations of S. A fragment of the creature. Creation is one of those things we attribute to God that carries with it creaturely connotations, that is, we think of creation in a “bodily sense. I laugh at your Counting Before and your Counting After, of which you are so proud, as if the facts themselves depended upon the order of their names.

Fourth Theological Oration (Oration 30)

But of the wise men amongst ourselves, some have conceived of him as an Activity, some as a Creature, some as God; and some have been uncertain which to call Him, out of greogry for Scripture, they say, as though it did not make the matter clear either way.

We have as our common property the Law; nazianuzs Prophets; Testaments; the oracles therein; elementary instruction; perfection; the sufferings of Christ; the new creation; the apostles; the Gospels; the apportionment of the Spirit; faith, hope, love, both toward God and from God and not doled out piecemeal as the gift of manna once was to an ungrateful and unfeeling Israel, but in proportion to our desire; ascent; illumination, in its earthly form, limited, in the one we hope for, clear; and the greatest gift of all, the recognition of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the confession of our highest hope.

For it gregor needful that the distinctive properties of the Father and the Son should remain peculiar to Them, lest there should be confusion in the Theoloogical Which brings all things, even disorder itself, into due arrangement and good order. After that He is to stand or God in the midst of gods, that is, of the saved, distinguishing and deciding of what honour and of what mansion each is worthy. Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite Mystical Theology. Ars Poetica In suos versus: For is not the one an offspring, and the other a something else of the One?


This is what our civil war leads to. Oration 31, Oratio theologica quinta: Well, if this had not been said by Himself Who came down, we should say that the phrase gtegory modelled as issuing from the Human Nature, not from Tgeological who is conceived of in His character as the Saviour, gregorg His Human Will cannot be opposed to God, gregpry it is altogether taken into God; but conceived of simply as in our nature, inasmuch as the human will does not completely follow the Divine, but for the most part struggles against and resists it.

This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Once there, they refused to recognise Gregory’s position as head of the church of Constantinople, arguing that his transfer from the See of Sasima was canonically illegitimate.

But I was afraid in the first place that I should present a flow in the Godhead, incapable of standing still; and secondly that by this figure a numerical unity would be introduced.

The Son only knows by virtue of the shared divine nature. Character formation and the acquisition of virtue are decisive. Moreover, that passage, too, which says that the Word which is heard is not the Son’s but the Father’s has the same force.

CHURCH FATHERS: Select Orations (Gregory Nazianzen)

The same consideration applies to another passage, “He learnt obedience by the things which He suffered,” and to His “strong crying and tears,” and His “Entreaties,” and His “being heard,” and His” Reverence,” all of which He wonderfully wrought out, like a drama whose plot was devised on our behalf.

Nazianzus addressed the issue of how this is not tritheism or a plurality of principles, especially against those who accept the Son as one with the Father but not the Holy Spirit. The Deity cannot be expressed in words. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis Problems arise such as “no place is He is tempted; the Spirit leads Him up. Now, the Works of His Hands are verity and judgment; for whose sake He was anointed with Godhead; for this anointing is of the Manhood; but the “He begets Me” is not connected with a cause; or it is for you to show the adjunct.

At this point, Gregory retired to spend his days as a hermit. Regrettably, I can’t reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads.

In the tiny plot of ground at Arianzusall that remained to him of his rich inheritance was by a fountain near which there was a shady walk. Your mistake arises from not understanding that Until is not always exclusive of that which comes after, but asserts up to that time, without denying what comes after it.


They apparently were skilled in rhetoric and argumentation but of a kind of theologidal Gregory strongly disapproves. And this is the account of the Unity, so far as we have apprehended it. For it is no very easy matter to change from those habits which custom and use have made honourable.

For, tell me, what position will you assign to that which Proceeds, which has started up between the two terms of your division, and gretory introduced by a better Theologian than you, our Saviour Himself?

Nazianzus equated this to saying that what begins must end and then adduced two examples of where such does not obtain, that is, the human soul and angelic orationd. For what do we conclude from this? Whenever we are free from the mire and noise without, and our commanding faculty is not confused by illusory, wandering images, leading us, as it were, to mix fine script with ugly scrawling, or sweet-smelling scent with slime.

Continuing to address the argument from silence, Nazianzus offered an explanation why the deity of the Holy Spirit was not expressly set forth in scripture.

Words always require interpretation and always belong equally to speaker and audience.

The practice of theology is therefore profoundly personal. One and One added together make Two; and Two resolved again becomes One and One, as is perfectly evident.

Fearing his popularity, his opponents decided to strike. Thus too, we have an Advocate, Jesus Christ, not indeed prostrating Himself for us before the Father, and falling down before Him in slavish fashion He ascends; the Spirit takes His place.

Theodosius wanted to further unify the entire empire behind the orthodox position and decided to convene a church council to resolve matters of faith and discipline. Of course they were.

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Knowledge and Community in Late Antique Constantinople. Next is the fact of His being called Servant and serving many well, and that it is a great thing for Him to be called the Child of God.

For we were the forsaken and despised before, but now by the Sufferings of Him Who could not suffer, we were taken up and saved. What about John then, when in his Catholic Epistle he says that there are Three that bear witness, the Spirit and the Water and the Blood? Ultimately only he who has been illumined by the Spirit is qualified to be a theologian.

Such then is the account of the Son, and in this manner He has escaped those who would stone Him, passing through the midst of them.