Presence and Thought: An Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa

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Von Balthasar presents one of the few serious studies available on the thought of one of the most important, and yet most neglected Fathers of the Church, Gregory of Nyssa. He was the most profound Greek philosopher of the Christian era, a mystic and an incomparable poet whom St. Maximus designated as the "Universal Doctor" and the Second Council of Nicaea declared him "Father of Fathers."

Less prolific than Origen, less cultivated than Gregory Nazianzen, less practical than ...

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Overview

Von Balthasar presents one of the few serious studies available on the thought of one of the most important, and yet most neglected Fathers of the Church, Gregory of Nyssa. He was the most profound Greek philosopher of the Christian era, a mystic and an incomparable poet whom St. Maximus designated as the "Universal Doctor" and the Second Council of Nicaea declared him "Father of Fathers."

Less prolific than Origen, less cultivated than Gregory Nazianzen, less practical than Basil, Gregory of Nyssa nonetheless outstrips them all in the profundity of his thought, for he knew better than anyone how to transpose ideas inwardly from the spiritual heritage of ancient Greece into a Christian mode.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898705218
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Communio Books Series
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 15
Pt. 1 The Philosophy of Becoming and Desire
1 The Concept of Spacing 27
2 Becoming and the Immanent Infinite 37
3 Spirit and Matter 47
4 Real Becoming 57
5 Ideal Becoming 65
6 The Solution to the Anthropological Problem 71
7 Desire and Knowledge 89
8 The Twofold Mystical Paradox 97
Pt. 2 The Philosophy of Image
1 The Definition of Nature 111
2 Monad, Mirror, and Window 121
Pt. 3 The Philosophy of Love
1 Human Nature and Incarnation 133
2 Transposition of Becoming 153
3 Transposition of the Image 163
Conclusion 171
Final Note 181
Bibliography 183
Bibliographical Note 189
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