Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus
Gregory of Nazianzus
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  • Died: January 25, 0390
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... imagination robs us in great measure of reality... Miscellaneous
A man must himself be cleansed, before cleansing others Human Nature
Divine Nature cannot be apprehended by human reason. Religion & God
Even hoar hairs [elderly scholars] have something to learn; and old age, it would seem, cannot in all respects be trusted for wisdom Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
For such is the disease of wealth, which knows no limit to its desire of more... Human Nature
I desire to learn what is this fashion of innovation in things concerning the Church, which allows anyone who likes, or the passerby,… to tear asunder the flock that has been well led, and to plunder it by larcenous attacks, or rather by piratical and fallacious teachings. Religion & God
If they who hold such views have authority to meet, your Wisdom approved in Christ must see that, inasmuch as we do not approve their views, any permission of assembly granted to them is nothing less than a declaration that their view is thought more true than ours. For if they are permitted to teach their view as godly men, and with all confidence to preach their doctrine, it is manifest that the doctrine of the Church has been condemned, as though the truth were on their side. For nature does not admit of two contrary doctrines on the same subject being both true. How then could your noble and lofty mind submit to suspend your usual courage in regard to the correction of so great an evil? Religion & God
Let your inimitable perfection in virtue stand up at a crisis like the present, and teach our most pious Emperor, that no gain will come from his zeal for the Church on other points if he allows such an evil to gain strength from freedom of speech for the subversion of sound faith. Religion & God
Now of the lion one need have no fear, the leopard is a gentle creature, and even the snake you are terrified by is likely to turn in flight; but there is one thing you must beware of, I assure you. Bad Bishops. Don't be over-awed by the dignity of the throne. All have dignity, yes; but not all have the Grace. Discard the outer clothing; watch for the wolf. Corruption
We corrupt the word of truth, and mix ... our doctrine with what is common and cheap... in order to turn the adulteration to our profit, and accommodate ourselves to those who meet us, and curry favor with everyone, becoming ventriloquists and chatterers, who serve their own pleasures by words uttered from the earth, and sinking into the earth, and, to gain the special good will of the multitude Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Words do not convince me; I must have deeds. Miscellaneous