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Bibil Identifier bibil:216043
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Polemical Context of Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrine of Divine Infinity
Author Weedman, Mark
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 18, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 81-104 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Gregory of Nyssa's account of divine infinity is one of his most important contributions to early Christian thought, so much so that modern scholarship has largely accepted Ekkehard Mühlenberg's claim that Gregory's formulation of the doctrine has no real philosophical or theological antecedent. However, this scholarship has discounted some important evidence to the contrary, especially that of Hilary of Poitiers, who uses an account of divine infinity in ways that anticipate Gregory's. The value of this evidence is that it helps establish the polemical rationale for why Gregory developed and employed divine infinity as he did: to defend the traditional pro-Nicene account of the Son's eternal generation against anti-Nicene (here Eunomian) claims to the contrary.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Gregory of Nyssa
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