Gregory of Nazianzus

Today I want to discuss another one of the Cappodocian Fathers, Gregory of Nazianzus, also known as “the Theologian” (which is quite the title). Along with Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa he contributed to the doctrine of the Trinity as we know it as the defeat of Arianism. He is known for his support of Christ being of the “same substance” (homoousia) as God the Father. Also, he provided the church with the language regarding the Spirit “proceeding” from the Father in order to differentiate from the Son being “begotten” of the Father, an idea that I admit not fully understanding.

One of the things that stood out to me about Gregory is that he is known to some as “the Patron Saint of Those Who Do Not Want to be Bishops”–a great title. When he was ordained as a priest he fled the scene. When he was installed as a Bishop he did the same. Apparently, he craved the ascetic (and even scholarly) life more than the pastoral. My memory may be failing me, but I think Basil coerced him into the office to strengthen his own ecclesiastical-political strength. Poor Gregory! I blogged about this a while back in “Gregory of Nazianzos, the Patron Saint of Those Who Do Not Want to be Bishop”.

What do you find to be the most important things to know about Gregory of Nazianzus?


See my other posts wherein I prepare for my Th.M. oral defense:

If you’d like to discuss Origen of Alexandria and Irenaeus of Lyons, go here.

If you’d like to discuss Athanasius of Alexandria, go here.

If you’d like to discuss Basil the Great, go here.