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Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons
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Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons

Lucian Turcescu

Abstract

The concept of personhood is central to a wide range of contemporary issues, ranging from reproductive rights to the death penalty and euthanasia. We may think that the concept of person is a modern development. In fact, however, this idea does not originate with our discovery of human rights, consciousness, and individuality. This study shows that the fourth-century theologian Gregory of Nyssa developed a very sophisticated concept of the person in the context of his attempts to clarify the paradox of the Trinity—a single God comprising three distinct persons. The book offers the first in-dep ... More

Keywords: person, individuality, God, Trinity, personhood, communion, relationality, uniqueness, Gregory of Nyssa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195174259.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucian Turcescu, author
St. Francis Xavier University
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