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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern$
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Morwenna Ludlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.001.0001

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Spirituality: Perpetual Progress inthe Good

Spirituality: Perpetual Progress inthe Good

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(p.125) 7 Spirituality: Perpetual Progress inthe Good
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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern
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Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.003.0008

This chapter begins with a discussion of how Gregory of Nyssa's spiritual writings have rarely been the subject of extended and systematic theological reflection in English, nor do they seem to have been a useful place of reference for those interested in spirituality from a more practical point of view. The reason for the latter is because unlike many of the medieval mystics, Gregory gives no account of his own spiritual experiences, nor, arguably, any account which can be read as a straightforward description of a spiritual experience in the modern sense (as defined, for example, by William James or Rudolf Otto). It is argued that Gregory's reflections on spirituality arise from a profound belief in the transformation of human individuals in all their relationships (with each other as well as with God) as a result of the complex interplay between grace and humans' remaking of themselves.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, spiritual experience, medieval mystics, William James, Rudolf Otto, transformation, Rowan Williams

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