Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light: In Your Light We Shall See Light [NOOK Book]

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Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 CE), "the Theologian," is the premier teacher on the Holy Trinity in Eastern Christian tradition, yet for over a century historians and theologians have largely neglected his work.

Christopher Beeley's groundbreaking study -- the first comprehensive study in modern Western scholarship -- examines Gregory's doctrine of the Trinity within the full range of his theological and practical vision. Following an overview...
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Overview

Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 CE), "the Theologian," is the premier teacher on the Holy Trinity in Eastern Christian tradition, yet for over a century historians and theologians have largely neglected his work.

Christopher Beeley's groundbreaking study -- the first comprehensive study in modern Western scholarship -- examines Gregory's doctrine of the Trinity within the full range of his theological and practical vision. Following an overview of Gregory's life and major works, Beeley traces the central soteriological meaning of Gregory's doctrine in the spiritual dialectic of purification and illumination; the dynamic process of divinization (theosis); the singular identity of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God; the divinity and essential presence of the Holy Spirit; and the interpretation of Scripture "according to the Spirit." The book culminates in Gregory's understanding of the Trinity as a whole -- which is "theology" in the fullest sense -- rooted in the monarchy of God the Father and uniquely known in the divine economy of salvation. Finally, Beeley identifies the Trinitarian shape of pastoral ministry, on which Gregory is also the foundational teacher for later Christian tradition.

Beeley offers new insights in several key areas, reinterpreting the famous Theological Orations and Christological epistles within the full corpus of Gregory's orations, poems, and letters. Gregory stands out as the leading ecclesiastical figure in the Eastern Roman Empire and the most powerful theologian of his age, who produced the definitive expression of Trinitarian orthodoxy from a characteristically Eastern tradition of Origenist theology, independent of the work of Athanasius and in several respects more insightful than his Cappadocian contemporaries.

Long eclipsed in modern scholarship, Gregory Nazianzen is now brought into full view as the major witness to the Trinity among the Greek fathers of the Church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198042853
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Christopher A. Beeley is the Walter H. Gray Assistant Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale University Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and an Episcopal priest.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Gregory's Life and Work 3

329-359: Childhood and Education 5

359-375: Ministry in Cappadocia 10

Excursus: The Fourth-Century Doctrinal Controversies 16

379-381: Ministry in Constantinople 34

381-390: Final Years in Cappadocia 54

1 God and the Theologian 63

The Purification of the Theologian 65

Illumination: The Knowledge of the Incomprehensible God 90

Conclusion 110

2 Jesus Christ, the Son of God 115

Christology and Divinization 116

The Identity of Christ 122

The Unity of Christ 128

Christological Spirituality 143

3 The Holy Spirit 153

The Development of Gregory's Pneumatology: 372-380 156

[actual symbol not reproducible]: The Witness of Scripture and the Order of Theology 169

"A Truly Golden and Saving Chain": The Direct Proof of the Spirit's Divinity 174

Spiritual Exegesis and the Rhetoric of Piety 180

4 The Trinity 187

Theology of the Divine Economy 194

The Monarchy of God the Father 201

Conceiving of the Trinity 217

Participation in the Trinity 228

5 Pastoral Ministry 235

The Art of Arts and the Science of Sciences 241

Pastoral Experience and Priestly Virtue 247

Excursus: On the Love of the Poor 254

The Training of Holy Scripture 258

The Administration of the Holy Trinity 263

Conclusion: Gregory among the Fathers 271

Origen 271

Gregory Thaumaturgus 274

Athanasius and Didymus 277

Apollinarius 285

Basil of Caesarea 292

Gregory of Nyssa 303

The Homoiousians and Eastern Theological Tradition 309

Damasus and the West 317

Gregory the Theologian 319

Bibliography 325

Index of Theological Topics in Gregory's Works 355

Index of Citations tothe Works of Gregory Nazianzen 361

General Index 375

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