Saint Christian Demosthenes
Saint Christian Demosthenes is a pseudo name for St. Gregory of Nazianzen who lived from 330A.D. to 390A.D. He was referred to as Saint Christian Demosthenes because of his great orator skills and his role as a Doctor of the Church. Saint Christian Demosthenes wrote many treatises, letters, poems, and theological orations.
Saint Christian was compared to Demosthenes, the Greek statesman from Athens who lived in 384 B.C. Demosthenes was an orator in ancient Greece who was a brilliant speech writer and lawyer.
Demosthenes was also influential in the uprising against Alexander the Great, although his attempts failed. He eventually committed suicide rather than being captured by Alexender.
About Saint Christian Demosthenes
- Born in Cappadocia and his father was the bishop of Nazianzus.
- Joined a monastery founded by St. Basil
- Retired to another monastery in Seleucia in 374A.D.
- Called to Constantinople in 379A.D. where Saint Christian became a leader against Arianism.
- Revived the Council of Constantinople in 381A.D. through his oratorical skills which brought into being the Nicene Creed.
- Named Bishop of Constantinople.
- Spent his final years in Nazianzus in prayer and contemplation.