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« on: January 14, 2010, 10:36:05 AM »

Does anyone know where I can find the works of St. Basil and the other Cappadocian Fathers?  I am most interested in reading about their understanding of the Essence/Energies distinction as well as the processsion of the Holy Spirt. Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 12:53:28 AM »

Well, sites like CCEL and New Advent have some of the works of Sts. Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian, and Basil the Great, but it's just a fraction of their works, and I can't recall any works which go into depth on the subjects you're asking about. The most that I've seen are isolated quotes, such as the quote of St. Basil in a wiki article that says: "We know our God from his energies, but we do not claim that we can draw near to his essence; for his energies come down to us, but his essence remains unapproachable." (Letters, 234, 1)
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 02:08:52 AM »

Saint Vladimir Seminary Press has a number of their works in their Patristics section:

http://www.svspress.com/
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2010, 01:48:46 PM »

CCEL, of course!
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf208.html
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2010, 01:58:18 PM »

Papist, you should check out Lossky's "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church". This contains the best explanation of the essence/energy distinction I have encountered, and it filled with patristic support (including the ones you mentioned).
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2010, 04:06:50 PM »

You can also get printed editions of their works from the "Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers" series.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010, 04:47:13 PM »

Thanks for your help all.
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