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The body and desire : Gregory of Nyssa's ascetical theology

Author: Raphael A Cadenhead
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2018 ©2018
Series: Christianity in late antiquity, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although the reception of the Eastern Father, Gregory of Nyssa, has varied over the centuries, the past few decades have witnessed a profound awakening of interest in his thought. The Body and Desire sets out to retrieve the full range of Gregory's thinking on the challenges of the ascetic life by examining his evolving attitudes on what we now call gender, sex, and sexuality within the context of his theological  Read more...
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Named Person: Gregory approximately; Gregorius, Nyssenus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raphael A Cadenhead
ISBN: 9780520297968 0520297962
OCLC Number: 1060722459
Contents: Acknowledgments IntroductionSetting the Scene The Structure of the Study Resisting the Charge of Anachronism: Semantic and Terminological Clarifications The Renaissance of Scholarly Interest in Gregory of Nyssa: From Obscurity to Approbation to Eisegesis PreludeChristianity after Constantine's Conversion The Burgeoning Monastic Movement The Asceticism of Gregory's Family Conclusion part one. the early phase, 371-september 378: the integrative significance of the body in the life of virtue 1. Marriage, Celibacy, and PederastyMarriage and Celibacy Pederasty and Celibacy Conclusion 2. The Integration of the VirtuesSexual Lust in the De virginitate The Reciprocity of the Virtues The Proliferation of Vice and the Example of Gluttony 3. Gregory's Emerging Theory of DesireErotic Desire The Criterion of Need The Passions Moderation Satiety versus Fulfillment The Moral Evocations of Male and Female Characteristics Conclusion part two. the middle phase, september 378-387: the ascetical and eschatological mixture of male and female 4. A Worldly Life of Desire: Marriage, Children, Money, and SexThe Problems of Marriage Physical Fecundity The Particular Challenges of Sexual Vice The Moral Evocations of Male and Female Characteristics 5. The Death of Siblings"No Longer Male and Female . . . in Christ Jesus" Sexual Morphology: Anthropological and Eschatological Perspectives Refinements in Gregory's Theory of Desire 6. Doctrinal Controversies: Christological and TrinitarianThe Diachronic Unfolding of the Spiritual Life: Christological Reflections Gregory's Doctrine of God: Intra-Trinitarian Relationships and the Ascetic Life Conclusion part three. the late phase, 387-394: erotic intimacy with Christ and the maturation of desire 7. Spiritual Maturation: Virginity and the Narrative of ProgressRecasting Virginity The Diachronic Train of Moral and Spiritual Progress 8. Male and Female: Diachronic ExchangesMale and Female in the Late Period Intimacy with Christ Conclusion ConclusionOverview The Challenges Posed to Contemporary Ethical DiscourseAppendix Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index
Series Title: Christianity in late antiquity, 4.
Responsibility: Raphael A. Cadenhead.

Abstract:

"Although the reception of the Eastern Father, Gregory of Nyssa, has varied over the centuries, the past few decades have witnessed a profound awakening of interest in his thought. The Body and Desire sets out to retrieve the full range of Gregory's thinking on the challenges of the ascetic life by examining his evolving attitudes on what we now call gender, sex, and sexuality within the context of his theological commitments. Exploring Gregory's understanding of the importance of bodily and spiritual maturation for the practices of contemplation and virtue, Raphael Cadenhead recovers the vital relevance of this vision of transformation for contemporary ethical discourse"--Provided by publisher.

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