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St. Basil the Great


St. Basil the Great

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    Richard Travers Smith
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. LIFE AS A PRESBYTER AT CJESAREA—ELECTION TO THE ARCHBISHOPRIC. The death of Dianius occurred at a critical time. Julian was approaching: and the faithful of Caesarea were greatly divided in their choice of a successor to the archbishopric. At the prompting of friendship, or from motives of piety, some proposed one candidate, some another. The election was finally carried by a popular impulse by no means without example in those days. Eusebius, one of the chief civil officials of the town, a man of high character but as yet unbaptized, was seized by the crowd, with the assistance of the soldiers, and hurried in spite of his own resistance to the bishops to be baptized and proclaimed elect. The bishops were forced to yield. But on the retirement of the crowd they desired to annul the election on the ground of violence. From this they were deterred by Gregory of Nazianzus the elder, who reminded them that in throwing doubt upon the election they were convicting themselves of cowardice. Thus the choice of Eusebius stood: but this forcible transfer to the Church's service of a valuable civil official added to the irritation which Julian already felt toward Caesarea for a tumult which had occurred there, and in which a temple of Fortune had been destroyed. The governor demanded of the bishops, under threat of the Emperor's wrath, the recall of the election. But Gregory answered firmly for his brethren that this was not one of the questions in which they could in conscience permit the civil power to interfere. Basil was at Caesarea during these transactions, and there is reason to believe that the course which things took may have been due to his influence. His birth and literary fame, increased at this time by the publication of his work against Eunomius, pointe...  
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  • Richard Travers Smith
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