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Christological Titles – Conceptually Applied? (CE II 294–358)

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This chapter starts from a consideration of some relevant passages in Basil's Adversus Eunomium to proceed with a tentative reconstruction of Eunomius' counter arguments. It is then followed by a discussion of Gregory's apology for his brother. The passage in Gregory's Contra Eunomium II that is under discussion in the chapter takes its starting point essentially from one section of Basil's Adversus Eunomium the main idea of which is to urge that the titles applied to Christ by scripture have their origin in human conception. The Christological titles, the bottom line of what Gregory tells us, are applied not to his divine nature, but to his providential and redeeming function. While this is in line with what Basil had said, it is in no way a rebuttal of Eunomius' contention by means of conceptual semantics.

Keywords: Basil's Adversus Eunomium; Contra Eunomium; God; Gregory of Nyssa



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