Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith: Union, Knowledge, and Divine Presence

Paperback | August 9, 2007

byMartin Laird

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The first in-depth study of Gregory of Nyssa, this book shows how for Gregory the darkness of faith is what unites the believer with God. Through this union by faith alone, God yet speaks through the deeds and discourse of the believer. While the believer is immersed in the darkness ofunknowing, they are also transformed in light. Laird alters the way in which we understand Gregory's mystical theology.

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The first in-depth study of Gregory of Nyssa, this book shows how for Gregory the darkness of faith is what unites the believer with God. Through this union by faith alone, God yet speaks through the deeds and discourse of the believer. While the believer is immersed in the darkness ofunknowing, they are also transformed in light. Lair...

Martin Laird is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:August 9, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The exaltation of faith: the state of current research2. The flow of the mind3. The grasp of faith4. The grasp of faith and supranoetic union5. Fountain of presence, breasts of wine: the flow of knowledge in the `In canticum canticorum'6. Christ speaking himself: the logophatic discourse of Paul and the bride7. The luminous dark revisitedConclusion

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`This book is . . . driven by a well-defined argument and develops a scholarly debate about which the author is very knowledgeable.'Morwenna Ludlow, The Journal of Theological Studies