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St Basil the Great, ‘On the Holy Spirit’ (for Pentecost!)

This Pentecost, it is worthwhile remembering one of the chief servants of the church who defended and helped establish the biblical teaching of the Holy Spirit.

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On the Holy SpiritOn the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read this treatise twice, once in the older, Anglo-Catholic Victorian translation, and once (most recently) in this translation. This book is the classic exposition of why we can call the Holy Spirit ‘God’. St Basil begins with a liturgical complaint, which he deals with using all of his grammatical skills, then moves along to demonstrate through the Scriptures using logic as well as the life of the Church, why it is that we can call the Holy Spirit ‘God’ alongside God the Father and God the Son.

In today’s milieu, unless you’re a Oneness Pentecostal or a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness or a Christadelphian, the divinity of the Holy Spirit is practically a non-issue. And, in the decades since the Charismatic Renewal came upon mainline Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, the logic parsing and…

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2 Comments

  1. Yvonne Wittrock says:

    Thanks, Aaron. After Brasil’s Treatise I also read St. Ambrose’s Treatice De Spuritu. That blessed me too. “The Spirit is the oil of gladness”. Yvonne

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