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Bibil Identifier bibil:202454
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith
Title (English, ) Union, Knowledge, and Divine Presence
Author Laird, Martin
Year (Publication) 2004
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2004
Year (Copyright) 2004
Year (Reference) 2004
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature Perunil
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-926799-6
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xi Pages
240 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Discusses Gregory’s understanding of faith (pistis) as a faculty of apophatic union with God. After presenting an overview of important work done on Gregory’s understanding of faith and announcing the lines of argument the will pursue, we analyse how Gregory views the mind and its varying cognitive states, and how the mind responds to scripture, baptism, and the presence of God. This is followed by a detailed examination of Gregory’s use of the word ‘faith’ as a technical term for apophatic union with God. This apophatic union, however, is only one side of this coin: at the apex of an apophatic ascent, faith unites with God the Word, but by virtue of this union the believer takes on the qualities of the Word, who speaks (logophasis) in the deeds and discourse of the believer. Finally, this study redresses Gregory’s over-identification with a ‘mysticism of darkness’ and shows that he proposes no less a ‘mysticism of light’.
DOI 10.1093/0199267995.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Gregory of Nyssa
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Faith
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