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

Martin Laird


Discusses Gregory’s understanding of faith (pistis) as a faculty of apophatic union with God. After presenting an overview of important work done on Gregory’s understanding of faith and announcing the lines of argument the will pursue, we analyse how Gregory views the mind and its varying cognitive states, and how the mind responds to scripture, baptism, and the presence of God. This is followed by a detailed examination of Gregory’s use of the word ‘faith’ as a technical term for apophatic union with God. This apophatic union, however, is only one side of this coin: at the apex of an apophat ... More

Keywords: apophatic, darkness, dianoia, faith, logophatic, nous, pistis, union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199267995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Laird, author
Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
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