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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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(p.97) 5 Christology
Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Morwenna Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Gregory of Nyssa treated the subjects of Christology, soteriology, eschatology, ethics, and spirituality (or mysticism) as one. From the foundational fact of Christ's incarnation arises his understanding of salvation; this salvation then has to be seen through the twin lenses of its consequences for our practical daily life — particularly our relations with our neighbours (ethics) and with God (spirituality) — and of its eschatological consequences. This chapter explores how Gregory's Christology has been seen as fitting into the history of Christian doctrine, which has a profound effect on how it is still read. It contends that with the exception of some Catholic theologians who have responded positively to the general idea of ‘an ontological unity of all humanity in Christ’, the attitude of systematic theologians to Gregory's Christology has been generally dismissive.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, soteriology, eschatology, ethics, theologians

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