The Principle of Intuition and Motivation from the Pedagogical Perspective of St. Basil the Great

19 December 2011

As an apostle of Orthodoxy and messenger of the Holy Trinity, as the Father of monasticism and of the Orthodox liturgy and institutional philanthropy, but also as promoter of social and moral progressby cultivating spiritual humanism and affirming of integrated education, secular and religious, St. Basil is the model of the Christian educator par excellence. Education, in the doctrine of the great hierarch, achieved a divine-human cooperation, reflected in the interpersonal communion. Through an intuitive abundant language, revealing his erudition and spirituality, the great hierarch valorizes the profane education. After the statement of his friend and biographer, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, „his wisdom was made known to the ends of the world”. His exegetical, moral, educational and epistolary works are ased on the text of the Church’s revealed Scripture, which is the most obvious intuitively material.