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Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198755067
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198755066.003.0009
 Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology

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Focuses on Basil of Caesarea as both a key figure in the developments of these years and as a key example of wider theological shifts. Shows how Basil slowly developed towards his mature theological position, distinguishing between God’s unity at the level of ousia and the distinctions between the persons at the level of idiomata. Also considers developing the use of hypostasis, his pneumatological reserve and the continuing presence of older terminologies in his thought. Also argues that Basil is not guilty of the subordinationism that has frequently been seen in his formulations.

Keywords: Basil of Caesarea; Eunomius; Homoousios; hypostasis; pneumatology; pro-Nicene theology; spirit; subordinationism; tradition

Chapter.  17967 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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