Universitatea „Al. I. Cuza” din Iaşi, Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă „Dumitru Stăniloae”
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4 / 2013
St. Basil the Great – plenary personality of The Church
Basil was styled The Great even by his contemporaries, and he deserved the title for many reasons. He was Great as a exponent of Christian doctrine and as a homilist, greater, however, in practical life, as a prelate of the Church and a man of deeds. On the morrow of his death Saint Basil was surnamed the Great. The Church has had very few men so richly gifted and well-balanced. It has been aptly said of Saint Basil that he was a Roman among the Greeks. His eloquence was less erudite and less glowing than that of Gregory Nazianzen; but his mind was more sound, judicious, and practical, and his speech more familial and simple. By force of character and born leadership, he exercised over his contemporaries a decisive influence.
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