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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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The Christian Life: Ethics

The Christian Life: Ethics

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(p.135) 8 The Christian Life: Ethics
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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern
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Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.003.0009

Gregory sees his advice for the good life as springing from his conceptions of incarnation and salvation. If Gregory thinks that in Christ the human is not obliterated, but transformed, and if in salvation human nature in general will not be obliterated but transformed, then one would expect his ethics similarly to be aimed at the transformation, not the denial, suppression, or punishment of the material aspects of life. However, it must be admitted that some of his language about the soul turning away from the things of this world is very ambivalent. This chapter investigates how some contemporary commentators have reacted to it, and looks at some particular practical issues which have drawn writers' attention to Gregory's theology, notably those of the ascetic life, pilgrimage, and the ethical implications of his doctrine of creation and the Trinity. The chapter then considers what one might call the eschatological fulfilment of these ideas.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, Christ, salvation, ascetic life, pilgrimage, doctrine of the Trinity

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