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De Sacrosancta Theologia

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This chapter explores disputations with Holy Scripture, since it, being divinely inspired, is the principle for the most sacred Theology, its source of proof, and its means of instruction. The noun "Theology" was first used by pagan Greeks and thereafter by the Christians themselves, as can be gathered from the title of the book Revelation, in which John the evangelist and apostle is identified by the epithet, "the theologian"; and from the Second Letter of Basil to Gregory of Nazianzus, where he calls the doctrine of Holy Scripture "Theology". One calls supernatural revelation what the prophets and apostles have obtained by the direct agency of the Spirit of truth in order to unfold its genuine form to the Church of God, partly through the spoken word and partly through their writings, and to transmit it for safe keeping.

Keywords: Christians; Church of God; Gregory of Nazianzus; Holy Scripture; John; sacred Theology; supernatural revelation

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