This selection of twenty poems by the fourth-century Greek theologian, St Gregory Nazianzen, represents his Christological writing. It includes the poems ‘On the Son’ and ‘On the Incarnation’, written to defend the orthodoxy of the Council of Nicea. In these poems, Gregory meets Arian and Apollinarist heretics on their own ground, demonstrating that Christians are as cultured as the pagans. There are also several hymns, smaller poems and prayers in which St Gregory reveals something of his own inner life. There is a substantial Introduction.
Saint Gregory Nazianzen
LENGTH: 24 pages
St Gregory’s Christological writings, including a defence of the orthodoxy of the Council of Nicea, together with hymns, smaller poems and prayers revealing something of his inner life.
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St Gregory Nazianzen
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Saint Gregory Nazianzen (c. 330 - 389), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and known as the ‘Trinitarian Theologian’, was born and died in Arianzum, a few miles south of Nazianzus in south-west Cappadocia (modern Turkey). His parents, wealthy landowners, were Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus, and Nonna. He and the brothers, Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory of Nyssa, are collectively known as the ‘Cappadocian Fathers’. He left behind many writings: poems, epistles and orations. He studied in many renowned university centres, returned briefly to his father’s estate, and later joined Basil in a monastic foundation. There they worked together on the ‘Philokalia’, an anthology of spiritual texts taken from the writings of Origen, and on the Rules of Saint Basil. Gregory returned to Nazianzus, where he was persuaded to become a priest and, in 372, to be consecrated Bishop of Sasima. From the end of 375, he spent three years in solitude in a monastery at Seleuci. He also functioned as a bishop in Nazianzus and Constantinople, retiring from episcopal duties in 383 to live at Arianzum.
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