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Book Title: On the Holy Spirit|
The author of the book: Basil the Great
Date of issue: March 6th 2013
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Read full description of the books On the Holy Spirit:I respect St. Basil personally and as a major figure in the Christian Tradition, but reading this book made me wish our Fathers spent as much time demonstrating a compassionate attitude toward their opponents as they did demolishing their arguments. Yes, I understand the role of dogma in the Christian Faith, I really do. But at this stage in my life, I look around and think that if we had laid foundations of "Compassion at any cost!" rather than "Correctness at any cost!" we could still have developed correct theology and also prevented much of the Us vs Them mentality that infects the Church today.
So -- bravo to St. Basil and thank God for using Basil's intellect to guide the Church into the understanding of God that we have been given. I love the book for that reason. But it makes me a bit sad at times.
Read information about the authorBasil of Caesarea (Arabic: باسيليوس الكبير ), also called Saint Basil the Great, was the bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential 4th century Christian theologian and monastic. Theologically, Basil was a supporter of the Nicene faction of the church, in opposition to Arianism on one side and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea on the other. His ability to balance his theological convictions with his political connections made Basil a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.
In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labor. Together with Pachomius he is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is considered a saint by the traditions of both Eastern and Western Christianity.
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