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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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Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Language, Theology, and the Language of Theology

Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Language, Theology, and the Language of Theology

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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that the bringing together of readings of Gregory by Scot Douglass, John Milbank, and Sarah Coakley raises the question of the influence of modern and postmodern philosophies, for they are clearly influenced by postmodernism in rather different ways. Scot Douglass is particularly interested in the interface between theology, literature, and philosophy, and this can be seen not only in the kind of recent philosophy he engages with, but also in the conclusions he draws from Gregory's theology. John Milbank is reacting against what he sees as various errors of modernity. Sarah Coakley's reading of Gregory bears some similarities to Milbank's in its relatively sympathetic interest in Gregory's Platonism, and her hope that Gregory's theology provides a model for breaking down some of the givens of ‘modernism’.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, Scot Douglass, John Milbank, Sarah Coakley, postmodernism, theology

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