Eclecticism was ever the watchword of the early Christian scholars, an attitude expressed with exquisite parabolic aptness in another statement of Basil the Great:
This essay explores how a small but significant speck of philosophical “pollen” from Plato’s Cratylus became an important ingredient of the Orthodox victory over neo-Arianism in the Trinitarian controversies of the 4th century.
1. Introduction—Two Schools of Theology
2. Correctness of Names in the Cratylus
3 . The Neo-Arian view of Language and Dogma
That is to say, since the Church holds it as axiomatic that “God has revealed Himself to us” through the Scriptures, these words can only be a direct unveiling of divine reality which unfailingly communicates God in a definite and unequivocal way. “We do not understand his essence to be one thing and the meaning of the word which designates it to be something else.  Without this understanding, Eunomius might say, Scripture cannot truly be an illumination, but merely a shadow of truths divine.