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The spirit and unity

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In order to understand the theological value of the last part of the AdAbl it is necessary to draw out a synthetic sketch of the history of Trinitarian dogma and the differences of the Eastern and Western approaches. Gregory's pneumatology is one of the highest moment of his theological reflection. W. Jaeger held it as the eminent expression of Christian humanism, destined to culminate in sanctity, which has the Holy Spirit as its principle. The role of the Son in the procession of the Holy Spirit necessarily leads to the theme of unity. Gregory conceives the supreme unity not under the sign of the Father, but under that of the Spirit. Gregory affirms that he who unites the Trinity is the Spirit; at the same time he affirms that it is also the Spirit who unites Christians: the unity of the Church is founded in the unity of the Trinity.

Keywords: AdAbl ; Gregory; Holy Spirit; supreme unity



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