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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And 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. But it is not possible for me to make use of even this; because it is very evident what gives the ray its motion; but there is nothing prior to God which could set Him in motion; for He is Himself the Cause of all things, and He has no prior Cause.

Where is it written that we ought to worship Him, or to pray to Him, and whence have you derived this tenet of yours?

In Christ we find the form of God mingled with the form of a servant. Words of God, speaking to Saul about David. Let us proceed then to the Names of the Son, which were our starting point in this part of our argument.

Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Western Theology: Gregory of Nazianzus

The preceding set of arguments ad absurdum was to show that “the divine nature cannot be apprehended by human reason. For either holiness is something different from Him, and if so let some one tell me what it is conceived to be; or if it is the same, how is it not from the beginning, as if it were better for God to be at one time imperfect and apart from the Spirit?

Yet every name is always associated with a concept of something within our experience and, as such, imports created features into our conception of God.

Nazianzus then moved on to state his case from scripture, e. Moreover he is called Light as being the Brightness of souls cleansed by word and life. 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.

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The Son is uncaused in that he shares the unoriginate divine nature which he receives from the Father. The thological of this oration was to give a brief exposition of those passages alluded to in the previous oration, that is, those passages of scripture that seemed to support the Arian position.

Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. It may, however, be worth while, and will be consistent with what has been already said, instead of passing over without remark the grregory Titles of the Son there are many of them, and they are concerned with many of His Attributesto set before you the meaning of each of them, and to point out the mystical meaning of the names. To Him belongs all glory and honour and might for ever and ever.

After which He arises to judge the earth, and to separate the saved from the lost. And thus He Who orationw presents to God that which he has subjected, making our condition His own.

For if you attribute this only to the Father, where will you place the Very Truth? Gregory went on to study advanced rhetoric and philosophy in Nazianzus, CaesareaAlexandria and Athens. 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.

Cursus Completus Patrologiae Graecae. Rather, being begotten is an additional glory for the Son who already has the glory of being unoriginate from the Father. And lest we should thus, as far as the illustration goes, attribute both Being and Not-being to God, which is even more monstrous.

My email address is feedback at newadvent. Arriving at Nazianzus, Gregory found the local Christian community split by theological differences and his father accused of heresy by local monks.

The first pairs, then, that I referred to are accounted for thus. And again, His sudden turning to do us good is the waking up; for waking is the dissolution of sleep, as visitation is of turning away.

CHURCH FATHERS: Fifth Theological Oration (Oration 31) (Gregory Nazianzen)

Basil the Great and St. It is in respect of this that it is said I live by the Father; not as though His Life and Being were kept together by the Father, but because He has His Being from Him beyond all time, and beyond all cause. Feast of Orthodoxy Intercession of the Theotokos.

One and One added together make Two; and Two resolved again becomes One and One, as is perfectly evident. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I say this, not that I would attribute creation or fraction or any property of body to the Godhead let none of your contenders for a word be down upon me againbut that I may contemplate in these, as theologjcal a stage, things which are objects of thought alone.


He emphasized that Jesus did not cease to be God when he became a man, nor did he lose any of his divine attributes when he took on human nature. How can we converse about the mystery of the Trinity with those whose minds are governed by philosophical, religious, and moral principles contrary to the apostolic faith? Supplements to Vigiliae ChristianaeVol I will add yet another passage to those I have mentioned, because I think that it clearly tends to the same sense.

For such a thing would be like a riddle; as if one were to say that he knew accurately all that was in front of the wall, but did not know the wall itself; or that, knowing the end of the day, he did not know the beginning of the night-where oratuons of the one necessarily brings in the other.

He described two gregogy events in human history that he likened to earthquakes. The poems that he wrote that dealt with his personal gfegory refer to the continuous illness and severe sufferings physical and spiritual which assailed him during his last years. Naziaznus, The Dynamics of Salvation: We will give the more greggory reason hereafter, when we discuss the question of the unwritten; for the present it will suffice to say that it is the Spirit in Whom we worship, and in Whom we pray.

That everyone that believes in the Son should be saved, and obtain the final Resurrection.

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For Scripture often personifies many even lifeless objects; as for instance, “The Sea said” so and so; and, “The Depth says, It is not in me;” and “The Heavens declare the glory of God ;” and again a command is given to the Sword; and the Mountains and Hills are asked the reason of their skipping.

And if by the Father, there are two Sons, and they are Brothers. Gregory is a saint in both Eastern and Western Christianity. BQ 26 M45G63 And what was Seth?

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