One Path For All: Gregory of Nyssa on the Christian Life and Human Destiny

One Path For All: Gregory of Nyssa on the Christian Life and Human Destiny

by Rowan A. Greer, J. Warren Smith

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In his writings and his career Gregory of Nyssa assumes many roles. He is a Christian Platonist, a spiritual guide for ascetics and those seeking the vision of God, as well as one of those who shaped the Trinitarian doctrine of God espoused at Constantinople in 381. But he is also a popular preacher and, paradoxically, someone unafraid of deeper speculations regarding the meaning of the Christian ideal. The translations in Part One illustrate these various concerns, but are not a sufficient basis for the thesis of Part Two, one that attempts to answer the question of how to describe the coherence of a thinker far from systematic. One solution is to appeal to Gregory's conviction that after this world all Christians, indeed all humans, will be united in diversity, and that this means that all are now on the one path to their destiny, however much their progress may differ. This answer does not pretend to solve all problems, nor does it rule out other approaches to Gregory's thought. But it locates Gregory's work in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church that includes ordinary as well as elite Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630879402
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/04/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Rowan A. Greer joined the faculty of the Yale Divinity School in 1966 as an assistant professor of New Testament. In 1975 he was appointed Professor of Anglican Studies and shifted his teaching responsibilities from the New Testament to patristic theology and to the history and theologies of Anglicanism. He retired in 1997. His books include Broken Lights and Mended Lives (1986) and Christian Hope and Christian Life (2001).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations vi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Translations

Concerning the Meaning of the Christians Profession 17

Concerning Perfection 24

In Praise of Theodore, Holy and Great Martyr 45

In Praise of Stephen, Saint and Protomartyr I 53

Another in Praise of Saint Stephen, the Protomartyr 64

In Praise of the Holy Forty Martyrs 1a 71

In Praise of the Holy Forty Martyrs 1b 76

A Speech in Praise of the Forty Martyrs Delivered in the Martyrion 85

In Regard to Those Fallen Asleep 94

On "Then Also the Son Himself Will Be Subjected to the One Who Subjected All Things to Him" 118

Part 2 Essays

1 The Promises and Baptism 135

2 The Contest 154

3 Helpers and Allies 176

4 The Last Things 202

A Brief Postscript 227

Bibliography 229

Subject Index 239

Scripture Index 243

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