Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Meaning of the Monarchy of the Father

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The person of the Father is the sole Godhead-source (πηγαία Θεότης) and cause (αἰτία), meaning that He alone does not derive His hypostatic existence from anyone else; He alone is ingenerate/unbegotten. The monarchy does not entail that the Father alone spirates the Holy Spirit, because the relation of active spiration is not relatively opposed to paternity or filiation; it is thus not a personal property of the Father, but common to the Father and the Son.
Greek: μοναρχία

The Holy Spirit's relationship of origin to the sole ἀρχὴ-ἄναρχος (principle without principle) of the Holy Trinity, the Father.
Greek: εκπόρευσις

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