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The Greeks and The Latins Ways of Practicing Faith

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The Damascene (Greek leader at the time), on the other hand, considered the external word so that the point of departure was the intellect, followed by the word, which emerged as a word with a breath, which was connected in an immediate way to the intellect. The spirit, then, was Spiritus Verbi, no a Verbo. Alexander believed that these were the opposing views between the Latins and the Greeks of how the word and the Holy Spirit were related. Bonaventure was a commentator and he came up with an interesting perspective about this controversial debate.   The first part is the fact that both the Greeks and the Latins agreed on the aspects of faith in divine revelation found in the scriptures.   The second part is concerning the fact that the Greeks and Latins differ in their viewpoints on categories and terminology.   The third and final aspect is that of the teaching in a formula which led to the controversy in the first place.   He actually figured out where the similarities and differences were and wrote them out to help clear this debate once and for all.   The items they both agreed on are as follows:   the scriptural basis of the procession and the spirit belongs to the son and is sent by the son.   The Latins were believed to have the correct understanding of scripture because they took on a more spiritual approach where the Greeks use the intellect far more often.   This led the Latins to have a much better understanding of the scripture according to religious leaders.   The Greeks were less open because they had a limited understanding of what was in doctrine since they stopped at a certain point in their development.   The Greeks could not see past the intellect which had a less deep meaning than the spirit.   The Greeks were jealous of the Latins and even made claims about excommunication and misinterpretation of scripture about them.   The Greeks were a proud group who did not want to fully face the fact that the Latins were better than them in terms of how they wrote and their philosophies.  

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