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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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It sounds as if the entire city was involved in disputation and debate, with everyone passionately and often violently advancing their theological opinions. God certainly is incorporeal, but, as a term of negation, this tells us only what God is not and not what God is.

Gregory of Nazianzus – Wikipedia

But I am so old fashioned, or perhaps I should say so unlearned, as to use the word Three of that number of things, even if they are of a different nature, and to use One and One and One in a different way of so many units, oratuons if they are united in essence, looking not so much at the things themselves as at the quantity of the things in respect of which the enumeration is made. There are also creatures which depart in some sort from their true natures, and undergo change and transformation from one creature into another, by a magnificence of nature.

Light thrice repeated; but One Light and One God. Theolotical Truth, as being in nature One and not many for truth is one and falsehood is manifoldand as the pure Seal of the Father and His most unerring Impress. For orationa in order to healing there is need of both faith in the patient and power in the Healer, when one of the two failed the other was impossible. Gregory was ordained Bishop of Sasima gdegory by Basil. Christian Classic Ethereal Library http: Tgeological if He is to be worshipped, surely He is an Object of adoration, and if an Object of adoration He must be God; the one is linked to the other, a truly golden and saving chain.


This wrangling among believers distracts the church from works of love. His remaining silent apart from us, and as it were not caring for us, for theoloyical known to Himself, is what we call His sleeping; for our own sleep is such a state of inactivity.

But that which is voluntary is more durable and safe. Although Gregory’s health did not permit him to attend the funeral, he wrote a heartfelt letter of condolence to Basil’s brother, Gregory of Nyssa and composed twelve memorial poems dedicated to the memory of his departed friend.

First, because he has ventured to reckon under one numeral things which are not consubstantial, though you say this ought to be done only in the case of things which are consubstantial. Problems arise such as “no place is This process as described by Gregory is the public manifestation of the process of deification theosiswhich leads to a spiritual elevation and mystical union with God. What greater destiny can befall man’s humility than that he should be intermingled with God, and by this intermingling should be deified, and that we should be so visited by the Dayspring from on high, that even that Holy Thing that should be born should be called the Son of the Highest, and that there should be bestowed upon Him a Name which is above every name?

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He proceeded to reduce the argument from connumeration ad absurdum. Words always require interpretation and always belong equally to speaker and oratioms.

Do you think he is talking nonsense? Clearly his audience included, not only members of his congregation, but also opponents from the Homoian and Heterousian camps.

This pertains only to such as can potentially be and not be, e. If you are Moses, go up into the cloud and seek to talk to God and to hear his voice; and receive the Law, and become a lawgiver. And even they who keep within bounds as to the Son speak thus. John of Damascus On the Orthodox Faith. But since, as this is the language of Him Who assumed our Nature for He it was Who came lrationsand not of the Nature which He assumed, we must meet the objection in this way, that the passage does not mean that the Son has a special will of His own, besides that of the Father, but that He has not; so that the meaning would be, “not to do Mine own Will, for there is none of Mine apart from, but that which is common to, Me and You; for as We have one Godhead, so We have one Will.


What have you to say about the Crab, which may mean either an animal, or greegory instrument, or a constellation?

Nazianzus expanded his argument by reminding his audience that unbegotten, even if it applied properly only to the divine but cf. His cousin Theodosia offered him a villa for his residence; Gregory immediately transformed much of it into a church, naming it Anastasia, “a scene for the resurrection of the faith”. Or rather, let me reason with you about Him from a somewhat earlier point, for we have already discussed the Trinity.

For even if I did happen upon some tiny likeness it escaped me for the most part, and left me down below with my example. These sentences both “proceed upon the basis of a common Godhead. The Son has no special will of his own, apart from that of the Father.

And now we have both seen and proclaim concisely and simply the doctrine of God the Trinity, comprehending out of Light the FatherLight the Sonin Light the Holy Ghost. And what was Seth? He also began composing De Vita Suahis autobiographical poem.

Retrieved 26 September Princeton University Press, 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 nature. For if the Oratoins 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?

The Son is the begotten, and the Holy Ghost is the emission.