Chapter 2 Access to the Father Footnotes 25-52

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The Trinitarian Faith

“In ourselves as contingent beings we are confined within the limited range of our creaturely consciousness and perception, but under the impact of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ and the creative operation of the Holy Spirit our minds and capacities are opened and our thoughts our expanded far beyond their finite limits until they are made appropriate, in some measure at least, to their divine object. It is the Holy Spirit who actualises the self-giving of God in Jesus Christ and so enables us to receive and apprehend what is beyond ourselves altogether, the self-knowledge of God himself incarnate among us in Christ.”

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25. Hilary De Trin., 2.6; cf 2.10, 20; and especially 5.20

26. This was a favourite theme with Hilary, e.g., De Trini., 1.18 or 7.41

27. Hilary De Trin., 22.44 (typo: should be 11.44).

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28. Thus Hilary, De Trin., 3.1ff

29. Athanasius Con., Ar., 1.9

30. Athanasius, Con., Ar., 1.25; Ad Ser., 1.1; Ad Epict., 1-3

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31. Athanasius De Decr., 19ff; Hilary, De Trin., 2.1-11

32. Athanasius De syn., 5ff; Hilary, De syn., 62f, 88f.

33. Athanasius De Decr., 32; Ad Episc., 4; Ad Jov., 1 Ad epict., 1. Cf Cyril of Jer., Cat., 5.12-13

34. Luke 10.22 –  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. See especially In illud om. Parallel passages from John, 10.15, 30, 38; 14.09, were also adduced by Athanasius, Con. Ar., 3.3, 5f, 10, 16f; De Decretis 21, 31; De syn., 45; Ad episc., 9, 13 etc.

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35. See Gregory Naz., Or. 31.8-10; Basil, De Sp. St., 18.47; Gregory Nyss., De Sp. St. adv. Maced edit. W Jaeger, p. 98 (N/A alternatively click here for full text of another version).

36.  Athanasius, Ad Ser., 1.17; Ad jov., 4, etc; Basil De Sp. St. 18.47; Gregory Naz., Or., 6.13; 25.17 (N/A)

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37. Hilary De Trin., 6.30; 1.17; 3.17 & 22; 5.20.

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38. 1 Cor 2.10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

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39. John 14.6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

40. Prov. 8.22 (LXX) The Lord made me the beginning of his ways for his works. (κύριος ἔκτισέν με ἀρχὴν ὁδῶν αὐτοῦ εἰς ἔργα αὐτοῦ)

41. See especially the long discussion of Prov. 8.22 in Con Ar., 2.18-82, but cf. also Ad episc., 10

42. Cf. Basil, De Sp St., 8.17ff; 18.47

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43. Athanasius, Exp. fidei 4

44. Athanasius Con. Ar., 3.3, 6, 10, 15, 17; De syn., 2; Ad episc 10. Cf. Gregory Naz., Or., 38.13f; Gregory Nyss., Con Eun., 3.2.8 (not sure).

45. Athanasius In Ill. om., 5; cf. .

46. Athanasius Con Ar., 3.1

47. Gregory/Basil, Ep., 38.8

48. Athanasius, Con. Ar., 3.3 & 6

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49. See especially, Athanasius Ad Ser., passim (Latin: to be found throughout this text); and Basil De Sp. St., 13.30

50. Gregory Naz., Or., 31.14

51. Thus Hilary, De syn., 61. See also De Trin., 1.37; 2.22; 4.1, 7; 5.35; 7.7; 8.4.

52. Gregory Naz., Or., 1.37 (3-7??); 18.16; 21.13, 34; 34.8; 38.15; 39.11; Basil, Hom 24.1-7 (N/A); De Sp S., 30.77; Hex., 9.6; Ep 189.2f; 210.3f; 265.2; Gregory Nyss., Con Eun., 1.18f; 3.8.2, 4 (N/A); Or. cat., Prol., 1, 3; Ep., 2

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