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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For what can be more perfect than this knowledge? It both presupposes and enacts the transformation of the theologian.

Fourth Theological Oration (Oration 30)

When you accept this, that nothing is before Him, and that He has not an older Cause, you have implicitly given Him the titles Unbegotten and Unoriginate.

In particular he is fearful that they will misinterpret the dispute about the generation of the Son and be confirmed in their idolatry and sin:. The Son has no theologiical will of his own, apart from that of the Father.

Was it better to blaze his own path or follow the course mapped for him by nazanzus father and Basil? Prove that He was made, and then give Him to the Son, and number Him among the creatures; but until you hteological prove this you will gain nothing for your impiety from this comprehensive gregorry.

He began by showing that the name which belongs to the Trinity fits the Holy Spirit, specifically, the true light that lights every one that comes into the world John 1: Gregory established Eulalius as bishop of Nazianzus and then withdrew into the solitude of Arianzum.

Affairs in Constantinople remained confused as Gregory’s position was still unofficial and Arian priests occupied many important churches.

Of the latter, there are those titles that refer to the Son prior to the incarnation and those that belong properly to the incarnation. And Resurrection, because He raises up from hence, and brings to life again us, who were slain by sin.

St. Gregory the Theologian – Theological Orations

For if He is not to be worshipped, how can He deify me by Baptism? Another image for the Trinity is that the persons are like three suns yielding one light mingled together. O, how beautiful and mystical and kind. How then could they have admitted that the invisible and separate Nature can be explained by divisible words? BQ nazianaus P38M65 Oration 28, Oratio theologica secunda: Everywhere one went, whether theaters, salons, funerals, or taverns, there one would hear people vigorously debating arcane points of theology.


Let us proceed then to the Names of the Son, which were our starting point in this part of our argument. For in these there is no distinction in time, nor are they torn away from their connection with each other, though they seem to be parted by three personalities.

But we are enquiring into a Nature Whose Being is absolute and not into Being bound up with something else. Library of Christian ClassicsVol. And His working, now here now there, we call walking; for walking is change from one place to another. And if He is an Activity, He will be effected, but will not effect and will cease to exist as soon as He has been effected, for this is the nature of an Activity.

This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat The cry of dereliction on the cross was not due to the withdrawal of either the Father or “his own Godhead,” but of his humanity representing us. And Power, as the Sustainer of all created things, and the Furnisher to them of power to keep themselves together.

For if the Light shining through the veil upon the darkness, that is upon this life, was persecuted by the other darkness I mean, the Evil One and the Tempterhow much more will the darkness be persecuted, as being weaker than it? In the same way He is Father, not of the Visible, but of the Word; for our Lord was of two Natures; so that one expression is used properly, the other improperly in each of the two cases; but exactly the opposite way to their use in respect of us.

It sounds as if the entire city was involved in disputation and debate, with everyone passionately and often violently advancing their theological opinions. Knowledge and Community in Late Antique Constantinople.

And indeed, if He had been called greater, and the word equal had not occurred, this might perhaps have been a point in their favour. Gregory’s most significant theological contributions arose from his defense of the doctrine of the Trinity.


For what need is there to Work Submission in us when we have theoloogical submitted? His former conduct belonged to the temporary dispensation, his latter to maturity.

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

BQ S44S33 7. This was what David represented to himself long before when he said, In Your Light shall we see Light. But how shall Wisdom stand in need of a teacher, or be incapable of acting unless taught?

This intercession is not demeaning. He is Righteousness, because He distributes according to that which we deserve, and is a righteous Tneological both for those who are mazianzus the Law and for those who are under Grace, for soul and body, so that the former should greyory, and the latter obey, and the higher have supremacy over the lower; that the worse may not rise in rebellion against the better.

He is The Way, because He leads us through Himself; The Door, as letting us in; the Shepherd, as making us dwell in a place of green pastures, and bringing us up by waters of rest, and leading us there, and protecting us from wild beasts, converting the erring, bringing back that which was lost, binding up that which was broken, guarding the strong, and bringing them together in the Fold beyond, with words of pastoral knowledge. Or rather, what Godhead can there be if It is not perfect?

Paul is a proof of this; for having at gregorry time administered circumcision, and submitted to legal purification, he advanced till he could say, and I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution?

For although these two terms express but one Person, yet this is not by a Unity of Nature, but by a Union of the two. But now I will take up the argument again a little way further back, and show you, though you are so clever, the reason for this entire system of secresy.

Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. It was surely our Salvation.