On the Human Condition: St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great
Nonna Verna Harrison
Popular Patristics Series
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Popular Patristics Series Volume 30

This valuable work brings together major themes in Greek Patristic anthropology -- the image of God in the human being, the Fall from Paradise, and the human condition in the present life and in the age to come. St. Basil the Great addresses the questions posed by the human condition with characteristic clarity, balance, and sobriety.

Translated into English for the first time are two discourses on the creation of humanity and a homily on the causes of evil. There is a new translation of a famous homily meditating on our human identity and experience. The volume also includes Letter 233 to Amphilochius of Iconium, St. Basil's spiritual son -- a succinct and pointed discussion of how the human mind functions, the activity for which God created it, and how it can be used for good, evil, or morally neutral purposes. This letter complements the discussion of emotions in St. Basil's Homily against Anger, also included in this volume. Finally, the book includes excerpts from St. Basil's fatherly instructions to his ascetic communities, commonly known as the Long Rules, or the Great Asceticon.


About the Author: Nonna Verna Harrison is Assistant Professor of Church History at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Among the numerous theological articles she has authored is "Human Uniqueness and Human Unity," in Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West (SVS Press).

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Book for Class

    Posted by G. Thomas on 15th Aug 2023

    Got this book for class; excellent quality, tracking updates were accurate and helpful. Grateful to have this in English.

  • 5
    Clear outline of our situation

    Posted by Michael on 29th Jul 2021

    What more can be said? St Basil lays our situation in all clarity, to equip and exhort us to war against the passions. As a convert I found this especially helpful because there is a severe lack of knowledge of this sort of material in the Western world, and it's helped bring to my attention some of my deficiencies as a person.