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Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons$
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Lucian Turcescu

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174259.001.0001

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Against Eunomius and the Refutation of the Confession of Faith of Eunomius

Against Eunomius and the Refutation of the Confession of Faith of Eunomius

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(p.79) 5 Against Eunomius and the Refutation of the Confession of Faith of Eunomius
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Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195174259.003.0006

The bulk of this chapter deals with the issue of divine relationality in the two treatises mentioned in the chapter title. As corollaries to this, I also study what I call Gregory’s theology of humanity’s exile and homecoming, with special attention to Gregory’s view of divine freedom and the issue of gender language in reference to the Holy Trinity. In his concept of divine relations, Gregory of Nyssa does not differ significantly from such patristic predecessors as the Alexandrian theologians (Origen, Dionysius, Alexander, Athanasius) or his brother, Basil of Caesarea. Moreover, all of them seem to be influenced by Aristotle’s category of relation that they apply to God. Thus, a father is both the name of a person and also points to a son—a reality that is different from the father but has the same nature.

Keywords:   relationship, divine, freedom, Origen, Dionysius, Alexander of Alexandria, Basil of Caesarea, gender language, Holy Trinity

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