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Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of FaithUnion, Knowledge, and Divine Presence$
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Martin Laird

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199267995.001.0001

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The Grasp of Faith The Grasp of Faith and Supranoetic Union

The Grasp of Faith The Grasp of Faith and Supranoetic Union

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Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith

Martin Laird (Contributor Webpage)

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In designating a non-discursive faculty of apophatic union, Gregory is doing nothing new. This chapter explores parallels in Middle and Neoplatonism: Celsus, The Chaldaean Oracles, Plotinus. Gregory ascribes to faith many of the same qualities as others did to faculties of union, yet Gregory differs markedly in the dynamic, exegetical, and sacramental character he accords faith as an apophatic faculty.

Keywords:   crest of nous, faith, flower of the mind, Plotinus

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