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.
This pertains only to such as can potentially be and not be, e. Invectives asserts that Christianity will overcome imperfect rulers such as Julian through love and patience. For since we are governed by these three things, the fear of punishment, the hope of salvation and of glory besides, and the practice of the virtues by which these are attained, the Name of the God of Vengeance governs fear, and that of the God of Salvation our hope, and that of the God of Virtues our practice; that whoever attains to any of these may, as carrying God in himself, press on yet more unto perfection, and to that affinity which arises out of virtues.
Makes use of Platonic image of the chariot and its horses and refers to the mystery cults.
Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Western Theology: Gregory of Nazianzus
If, say they, there is God and God and God, how is it that there are not Three Gods, or how is it that what is glorified is not a plurality of Principles? Theologicap since it is a matter of difficulty for you after you have once made an assault upon gfegory Spirit, to check your rush, and not rather like a furious boar to push your quarrel to the bitter end, and to thrust yourself upon the knife until you have received the whole wound in your own breast; let us go on to see what further argument remains to you.
Is he not certain to take it in a crude, obscene, material sense, as is his wont? To Orrations belongs all glory and honour and might for ever and ever.
This success confirmed for both Gregory and Basil that their futures lay in administration of the Church. Oration 29, Oratio theologica tertia: BQ M24S25 Again, the seemingly subordinationist term “receive” refers thheological the human nature.
With the others, however, we will argue thus. For it is no very easy matter to change from those habits which custom and use have made honourable. His relics, consisting of portions of his body and clothing, were transferred to Constantinople ininto the Church of the Holy Apostles.
To refuse credence to whatever one cannot explain would rule out believing in much that exists.
Indeed, what more common? Words always require interpretation and always belong equally to speaker and audience. 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.
Or, again, they are used of that which is contrary to the will; as in, He could do no mighty works there because of their unbelief, -i.
St. Gregory the Theologian – Theological Orations
Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly And when He punishes, we say He is angry; for so it is with us, punishment is the result of anger. Theological Oration IV Introduction: There is a somewhat similar meaning in the expressions which imply that a thing impossible by nature is possible to God if He so wills; as that a man cannot be born a second time, or that a needle will not let a camel through it.
Saints of the Catholic Church.
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. Then, when once men had submitted to the curtailment, they also yielded that which had been conceded to them If ever there was a time when the Son was not, then there was a time when the Orationa was not.
And what godly or learned man would disapprove of this, because in fact the adoration of One is the adoration of the Three, because of the equality of honour and Deity between the Three? Gregory spent the next few years combating Arianismwhich threatened to divide the region of Cappadocia. For anything between these two, whether having nothing in common with either, or a compound of both, not even they who invented the goat-stag could imagine.
But if you do worship Him, and are so far in the way of salvation, we will ask you what reasons you have to give for your ditheism, if you are charged with it? Photius On the Holy Spirit. Since then we find here clearly both the Created and the Begetteth Me, the argument is simple.
Gregory makes a clear distinction between that gift of salvation, generously bestowed upon all the faithful, and the intellectual and spiritual enlightenment given to those few whom God has chosen to be theological teachers in the Church: As Gregory’s works circulated throughout the empire they influenced theological thought.
Norris, “Of Thorns and Roses: 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. What is the proper forum? Synonyms in Selected Texts of Gregory Nazianzen.
According to this argument there must be Four worlds, two made by the Father, and two by the Son. Take, in the next place, the subjection by which you subject the Son to the Father. For how could there be a God of Him Who is properly God? The Son has no special will of his own, apart from that of the Father.
For what profit is there in an imperfect Godhead? Faith Gives Fullness to Reasoning: Gregory’s most significant theological contributions arose from his defense of the doctrine of the Trinity.
For indeed it is not some deficiency in the Son which prevents His being Father for Sonship is not a deficiencyand yet He is not Father.