Mateo-Seco, Lucas F.
May 2005
Scripta Theologica;may-ago2005, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p475
Academic Journal
The work of Gregory of Nyssa on the Holy Spirit (Adversus Macedonianos pneumatomachos, de Spiritu Sancto) gives the impression of having been written after the First Council of Constantinople. The doctrine of Gregory on the Holy Spirit is fully developed here, not only in terms of His divinity, but also in the concepts by which we differentiate the Holy Spirit from the created world and from the other two Divine Persons. In this work, the vision of Gregory presents his line of thought in an explicit and well-defined way, with reference toTrinitarian Theology as well as with reference to Christology and anthropology. In the Maced. Gregory writes a small treatise on the divinity of the Holy Spirit in opposition to the Pneumatomachs, and in doing so he not only provides a lesson in the reasons on which belief in the divinity of the Holy Spirit is based, but also analyses in depth the consideration of His unity with the Father and the Son and the differences between them. It is fascinating that he analyses His origin and position in the vita intratrinitaria. This he does with great prudence, not wanting to distance himself from the Scriptures: the Spirit proceeds from the Father (cfr. Jn 15, 26), is received by the Son (cfr. Jn 16, 14), and is sent (cfr. Jn 14, 26 and 15, 26). He is Glory and the Glorifier.


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