Thursday, October 9, 2008

381 AD - Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa

The Nicene Creed Ramports
It took a long time for the idea of one substance and three persons to become encoded into the Church DNA.

We often struggle with the idea of the trinity. How can God be one and three? What is the three's relationship?

We must remember that it took 400 years for the words ousia (substance) and hypostasis (persons) to become coined by three men of the faith: Gregory of Naizanzu, Basil of Casarea, and Gregory of Nyssa. They held that in one entity there were three persons the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If we struggle with the idea of the Trinity then we should not fear a lack of faith! We need to realize; it takes time to grasp the identity of the Trinity. And even when we we think we got the idea of the trinity, we should review our understanding.

Latourette, Kenneth Scott Christianity Through the Ages Harper Chapel Books, New York: 1965.

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