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Against Eunomius

Author: Basil, Saint Bishop of Caesarea; Mark DelCogliano; Andrew Radde-Gallwitz
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ©2011.
Series: Fathers of the church, v. 122.
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In this treatise, Basil attempts to articulate a theology both of God's unitary essence and of the distinctive features that characterize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-a distinction that some hail as the cornerstone of "Cappadocian" theology. In Against Eunomius, we see the clash not simply of two dogmatic positions on the doctrine of the Trinity, but of two fundamentally opposed theological methods. Basil's  Read more...
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Named Person: Eunomius, Bishop of Cyzicus; Eunomius, biskop av Cyzicus; Eunomius, Bishop of Cyzicus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Basil, Saint Bishop of Caesarea; Mark DelCogliano; Andrew Radde-Gallwitz
ISBN: 9780813201221 0813201225
OCLC Number: 659305940
Description: xv, 207 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The significance of the work against Eunomius and of this translation --
Basil's life : an overview --
The Historical context of against Eunomius --
The polemical and theological content of against Eunomius --
An inquiry into Basil's sources.
Series Title: Fathers of the church, v. 122.
Other Titles: Contra Eunomium.
Responsibility: St. Basil of Caesarea ; translated by Mark DelCogliano and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz.

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In this treatise, Basil attempts to articulate a theology both of God's unitary essence and of the distinctive features that characterize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-a distinction that some hail as the cornerstone of "Cappadocian" theology. In Against Eunomius, we see the clash not simply of two dogmatic positions on the doctrine of the Trinity, but of two fundamentally opposed theological methods. Basil's treatise is as much about how theology ought to be done and what human beings can and cannot know about God as it is about the exposition of Trinitarian doctrine. Thus Against Eunomius marks a turning point in the Trinitarian debates of the fourth century, for the first time addressing the methodological and epistemological differences that gave rise to theological differences. Amidst the polemical vitriol of Against Eunomius is a call to epistemological humility on the part of the theologian, a call to recognize the limitations of even the best theology.

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