Basil, On Christian Doctrine and Practice. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press.
Despite the title, this really isn’t a systematic treatise on ethics and theology. It is a collection of Basil’s sermons. But even then, there are numerous insights that are worth considering.
Homily on the Beginning of Proverbs
Wisdom: “systematic knowledge of divine and human things and their causes” (Basil 55).
Justice: “the state of mind that distributes according to merit” (63). Yet Basil takes it even deeper: “true justice is Christ” (65).
Wisdom must proceed from a just soul.
First Homily on Psalm 14 (MT: 15)
Tent: our body, this earthly life. Basil sees a movement from “tent” to mountain.
Df. human being = “a mind united to a suitable and fitting body” (170).
Two Homilies on the Trinity
Both Father and Son share same Lordship. Basil sees a movement in the Ephesian formula “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Yet, he argues, these aren’t three “ones.”
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