Regarded as one of the three hierarchs or pillars of orthodoxy along with Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysostom, Basil is a key figure in the formative process of Christianity in the fourth century. While his role in establishing Trinitarian terminology, as well as his function in shaping monasticism, his social thought and even his contribution to the evolution of liturgical forms have been the focus of research for many years, there are few studies which centre on his political thought. Basil played a major role in the political and religious life between Cappadocia and Armenia and was a key figure in the tumultuous relationship between Church and State in Late Antiquity. He was a great religious leader and a gifted diplomat, and developed a ’special relationship’ with Emperor Valens and other high imperial officials.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Saint Basil and Emperor Valens: Dignity versus Authority 1. Saint Basil, Emperor Valens and Christianity in Cappadocia 2. Saint Basil and the History of His Royal Meeting (s): Two Authorities in Confrontation Part 2. Saints Basil and Nerses, and Armenia: Mission and Church Diplomacy 3. Saint Nerses the Great, Armenia and His Blessed Mission 4. Saint Basil the Great and His Mission in Armenia Part 3. Saint Basil and The Art of Diplomacy: Meetings, Methods and Correspondence 5. Saint Basil’s Church Missionary Strategy and Society 6. Mission and Counter Mission in Saint Basil’s Correspondence 7. Saints Basil and Athanasius, Epistles and the Unity of the Church Part 4. Saint Basil the Great as Model for a Christian Opinion Leader: Dignity, Humility and Culture 8. Christ, Religious Leader and Communities 9. Saint Basil and his Diplomacy towards the Greek Culture 10. The Art and the Value of Teaching the Future Leaders General Conclusions Bibliography
Nicu Dumitraşcu is currently professor of Patristics, Mission and Ecumenism at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology 'Episcop Dr. Vasile Coman', University of Oradea, Romania. He is widely published in several journals worldwide. His most recent books include Christian Family and Contemporary Society (2014), and The Ecumenical Legacy of the Cappadocians (Collected Essays) (2015).