Holy Spirit


Hey all, just wondering if anybody could point me in the direction of some good reading from the ante nicene fathers speaking about the Holy Spirit :slight_smile: I’m trying to find proofs from the ante nicene Church, outside of scripture, that the Holy Spirit was understood to be a person. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



I think that’s a good question and I’m not sure how I can help you but I can at least make this comment so more people will see this post. I have to ask; What are the people you are arguing against saying?


THE authority in the Ancient Church on the Holy Spirit would have to be St. Basil the Great. (But Ante-Nicene writings on the Holy Spirit will likely be sketchy.)

From Amazon:

St Basil the Great wrote his treatise On the Holy Spirit during the closing phase of the Trinitarian controversies of the fourth century. The Arians had previously denied the full divinity of the Son and the debate then turned to the Holy Spirit. In this work, without explicitly calling the Spirit ‘God,’ St Basil demonstrates that He, like the Son, is of one and the same nature with the Father, and that equal honor and worship therefore are due Him. This classic exposition of Trinitarian doctrine eloquently sets forth the distinction yet perpetual communion and conjunction of the divine Persons. At the same time it deals with the nature of theological language and with the theological significance of the Church’s tradition of worship and proclamation. Its message, though specifically addressed to the fourth century, speaks to all ages.


You might consider Against Heresies, circa 180 AD, by Saint Saint Irenaeus of Lyon > a student of Saint Polycarp > student of Saint John the Apostle. He considered Christ and the Holy Spirit to be “the hands of God.” He combated the Gnostics, who held beliefs similar to the modern-day Jehovah’s witnesses.


The article on “Holy Ghost” in the Catholic Encyclopedia cites a number of ante-Nicene Christian writers in support of the divinity and personhood of the Holy Spirit, including Tertullian, Against Praxeas.


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