New PDF release: Against Eunomius (Fathers of the Church)

By Saint Basil of Caesarea

ISBN-10: 0813201225

ISBN-13: 9780813201221

Basil of Caesarea is taken into account one of many architects of the Pro-Nicene Trinitarian doctrine followed on the Council of Constantinople in 381, which jap and western Christians to at the present time profess as "orthodox." Nowhere is his Trinitarian theology extra basically expressed than in his first significant doctrinal paintings, opposed to Eunomius, entire in 364 or 365 CE. Responding to Eunomius, whose Apology gave renewed impetus to a practice of starkly subordinationist Trinitarian theology that will continue to exist for many years, Basil's opposed to Eunomius displays the serious controversy raging at the moment between Christians around the Mediterranean international over who God is. during this treatise, Basil makes an attempt to articulate a theology either one of God's unitary essence and of the specific positive factors that represent the daddy, Son, and Holy Spirit--a contrast that a few hail because the cornerstone of "Cappadocian" theology. In opposed to Eunomius, we see the conflict now not easily of 2 dogmatic positions at the doctrine of the Trinity, yet of 2 essentially adversarial theological tools. Basil's treatise is as a lot approximately how theology must be performed and what humans can and can't find out about God because it is set the exposition of Trinitarian doctrine. hence opposed to Eunomius marks a turning aspect within the Trinitarian debates of the fourth century, for the 1st time addressing the methodological and epistemological variations that gave upward push to theological adjustments. Amidst the polemical vitriol of opposed to Eunomius is a decision to epistemological humility at the a part of the theologian, a choice to acknowledge the restrictions of even the easiest theology. whereas Basil sophisticated his theology during the process his profession, opposed to Eunomius continues to be a testomony to his early theological improvement and a privileged window into the Trinitarian controversies of the mid-fourth century.

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Vaggione, 383-95, collects theologically significant passages of scnpture used by non-Nicenes. 235. Eun. 2-3· 23 6 . Eun. 20. s. 59 (2008): 18 3-90 . 237. Eun. 24· 60 61 INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION According to Basil, the Heteroousians are like the "nations" about whom Paul spoke; they are those upon whom Isaiah pronounced woe. In another good example, Basil chides Eunomius for basing himself on Aristotle instead of scripture: finds connections between their views and Eunomius's. He specifically likens Eunomius to Mani, Marcion, and Montanus.

Martens, "Interpreting Attentively: The Ascetlc. C~aracter of octava Biblical Exegesis according to Origen and Basl'\ 0 f Caesarea, " Oriuemana I:> 21 11 (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2003), 2. 15- . 227. Tieck, "Basil of Caesarea," 101-5· INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION tudes are hardly unique to Basil. '28 But such categories make no sense of Basil's exegesis in Against Eunomius. '30 Nonetheless, a thoroughgoing study of Basil's exegesis in Against Eu. nomius remains a scholarly desideratum. Here we mention three brief points about Basil's exegetical assumptions and methodology in Against Eunomius.

Ck "Basil of Caesarea" 98-101 provides insuffiClent eVldence for ' . d h 221. he illapse of the Spmt does not displace their individuality and mdependence (100). 222. See Eun. 8. 223· See Eun. 8. " 224- See Eun. 2. 225. sarea, 12 7-28 . 226. Peter W. Martens, "Interpreting Attentively: The Ascetlc. C~aracter of octava Biblical Exegesis according to Origen and Basl'\ 0 f Caesarea, " Oriuemana I:> 21 11 (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2003), 2. 15- . 227. Tieck, "Basil of Caesarea," 101-5· INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION tudes are hardly unique to Basil.

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