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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 Social Doctrine of the Trinity

The Social Doctrine of the Trinity

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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on two theologians who are especially reliant on the Cappadocians as sources, albeit in different ways. John Zizioulas places little emphasis on Gregory of Nyssa in particular, but this is perhaps significant in itself. His interpretation of early Eastern trinitarian theology, with its great stress on the revolutionary achievement of the Cappadocians, has had enormous influence on recent modern Anglo-American readings of their writings. David Brown provides one of the most detailed recent studies specifically of Gregory of Nyssa. His study has become a benchmark for a particular sort of appraisal of Trinitarian theology, in which the analytic study of sources plays a major part in the search for a coherent and cogent doctrine.

Keywords:   theologians, John Zizioulas, David Brown, Trinitarian theology, Cappadocians

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