Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

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byMorwenna Ludlow

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The fourth-century Christian thinker, Gregory of Nyssa, has been the subject of a huge variety of interpretations over the past fifty years, from historians, theologians, philosophers, and others. In this highly original study, Morwenna Ludlow analyses these recent readings of Gregory of Nyssaand asks: What do they reveal about modern and postmodern interpretations of the Christian past? What do they say about the nature of Gregory's writing? Working thematically through studies of recent Trinitarian theology, Christology, spirituality, feminism, and postmodern hermeneutics, Ludlowdevelops an approach to reading the Church Fathers which combines the benefits of traditional scholarship on the early Church with reception-history and theology.

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The fourth-century Christian thinker, Gregory of Nyssa, has been the subject of a huge variety of interpretations over the past fifty years, from historians, theologians, philosophers, and others. In this highly original study, Morwenna Ludlow analyses these recent readings of Gregory of Nyssaand asks: What do they reveal about modern ...

Morwenna Ludlow is Lecturer in Patristics at the University of Exeter, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI. The Doctrine of the Trinity1. Historical and conceptual background2. Philosophy and the Gospel3. The social doctrine of the Trinity4. Reading Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian theologyII. God Became Human for our Salvation1. Christology2. Salvation3. Spirituality: perpetual progress in the good4. The Christian life: ethics5. Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Christ, salvation, and human transformationIII. Sex, Gender, and Embodiment1. Introduction: feminism and the Fathers2. Creation in the image of God3. What is virginity?4. Macrina: in life and in letters5. Reading Gregory of Nyssa on sex, gender, and embodimentIV. Theology1. Apophatic theology as `reaching out to what lies beyond'2. God and being, beings and language: Scott Douglass3. The gift, reciprocity and the word: John Milbank4. Returning to the Trinity5. Reading Gregory of Nyssa on language, theology, and the language of theologyIV. Conclusions1. Tradition, history and historiography2. The interpretation of ambiguity: Chritsina theology and pedagogy

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