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Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of GodIn Your Light We Shall See Light$
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Christopher A. Beeley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313970.001.0001

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 God and the Theologian

 God and the Theologian

(p.63) 1 God and the Theologian
Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God

Gregory A. Beeley

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the spiritual dialectic of purification and illumination, or praxis and theoria, within which Christians come to know God. In turn, it addresses Gregory's response to the Eunomians; the theological example of Moses; Gregory's missionary approach to Greek culture; his pioneering style of moderate Christian monasticism or “philosophy,” defined as a middle path between solitude and public service; his use of Plato and Plotinus compared to the Bible; the respective roles of the human body and soul in purification; the transcendence and incomprehensibility of God; God's grace; the central place of Christian baptism; the question of Gregory's apophaticism; the positive knowledge of the divine light; the relationship between faith and reason; and the basis of Christian theology in the divine economy of salvation

Keywords:   God, purification, philosophy, Moses, Plato, praxis/action, theoria/contemplation, baptism, illumination, knowledge of God, transcendence, incomprehensibility of God, apophaticism, Eunomians, faith and reason

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