- Title Pages
- <i>To Piers</i>
- <b>Introduction: The Elusive Gregory</b>
- <b>Part I</b> <b>The Doctrine of the Trinity</b>
- 1 <b>Historical and Conceptual Background</b>
- 2 Philosophy and the Gospel
- 3 The Social Doctrine of the Trinity
- 4 Reading Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology
- Part II God Became Human for Our Salvation
- 5 Christology
- 6 Salvation
- 7 Spirituality: Perpetual Progress inthe Good
- 8 The Christian Life: Ethics
- 9 Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Christ, Salvation, and Human Transformation
- Part III Sex, Gender, and Embodiment
- 10 Introduction: Feminism and the Fathers
- 11 Creation in the Image of God
- 12 <b>What is Virginity?</b>
- 13 Macrina—in Life and in Letters
- 14 Reading Gregory on Sex, Gender, and Embodiment
- 15 Apophatic Theology as ‘Reaching out to What Lies Ahead’
- 16 God and Being: Beings and Language
- 17 The Gift, Reciprocity, and the Word
- 18 Returning to the Trinity
- 19 Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Language, Theology, and the Language of Theology
- 20 <b>Conclusions</b>
- <i>Select Bibliography</i>
- <b>Citations of works by Gregory of Nyssa</b>
What is Virginity?
What is Virginity?
- (p.182) 12 What is Virginity?
- Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern
Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)
- Oxford University Press
This chapter shows how different readings of Gregory's On Virginity have been generated by different assumptions about what he means by virginity. Most agree that he is not disgusted by sexual activity in itself, but there is considerable disagreement about what Gregory is rejecting. Topics discussed include virginity defined by the body, virginity defined socially and spiritually, and the virgin body.
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