Some Considerations regarding the Cappadocian Trinitarian Ontology

  • Mihai Himcinschi
Part of the Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue book series (PEID)


Orthodox teaching about the Holy Trinity confines the true Christian doctrine from other foreign teachings. Only this type of Divinity is saving; it is the basis of the communion of love to the world for eternity. Only with Its help we have eternal life and power. The Trinity as a tripersonal reality and as Persons in a relationship of love is the only model for us. The Holy Trinity is the basis of our Salvation. It is the Sacrament of the perfect unity of distinct Persons. “Only a perfect community of supreme people can feed, with her endless and perfect love, our thirst for love towards it and between us. Love is not content to be only thought but also to receive and to be received.”1


Eternal Life Distinct Person Supreme People Divine Nature Foreign Teaching 
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