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One path for all : Gregory of Nyssa on the Christian life and human destiny

Author: Rowan A Greer; J Warren Smith
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, 2015.
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In his writings and his career Gregory of Nyssa assumes many roles. He is a Christian Platonist, a spiritual guide for ascetics and those seeking the vision of God, as well as one of those who shaped the Trinitarian doctrine of God espoused at Constantinople in 381. But he is also a popular preacher and, paradoxically, someone unafraid of deeper speculations regarding the meaning of the Christian ideal. The  Read more...
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Named Person: Gregory, of Nyssa Saint
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rowan A Greer; J Warren Smith
ISBN: 162564633X 9781625646330
OCLC Number: 905379514
Description: vii, 249 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Concerning the meaning of the Christian's profession --
Concerning perfection --
In praise of Theodore, holy and great martyr --
In praise of Stephen, saint and protomartyr --
Another in praise of Saint Stephen, the protomartyr --
In praise of the holy forty martyrs 1a --
In praise of the holy forty martyrs 1b --
A speech in praise of the forty martyrs delivered int he martyrion --
In regard to those fallen asleep --
On "then also the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected all things to Him" --
The promises and baptism --
The contest --
Helpers and allies --
The last things.
Responsibility: Rowan A. Greer ; assisted by J. Warren Smith.

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In his writings and his career Gregory of Nyssa assumes many roles. He is a Christian Platonist, a spiritual guide for ascetics and those seeking the vision of God, as well as one of those who shaped the Trinitarian doctrine of God espoused at Constantinople in 381. But he is also a popular preacher and, paradoxically, someone unafraid of deeper speculations regarding the meaning of the Christian ideal. The translations in Part One illustrate these various concerns, but are not a sufficient basis for the thesis of Part Two, one that attempts to answer the question of how to describe the coherence of a thinker far from systematic. One solution is to appeal to Gregory's conviction that after this world all Christians, indeed all humans, will be united in diversity, and that this means that all are now on the one path to their destiny, however much their progress may differ. This answer does not pretend to solve all problems, nor does it rule out other approaches to Gregory's thought. But it locates Gregory's work in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church that includes ordinary as well as elite Christians.

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