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Nicaea and its LegacyAn Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology$
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Lewis Ayres

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198755066.001.0001

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Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology

Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology

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(p.187) 8 Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology
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Nicaea and its Legacy
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Lewis Ayres (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198755066.003.0009

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

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