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Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)Modern


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Introduction I. The Doctrine of the Trinity 1: Historical and conceptual background 2: Philosophy and the Gospel 3: The social doctrine of the Trinity 4: Reading Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian theology II. God Became Human for our Salvation 1: Christology 2: Salvation 3: Spirituality: perpetual progress in the good 4: The Christian life: ethics 5: Reading Gregory of Nyssa on Christ, salvation, and human transformation III. Sex, Gender, and Embodiment 1: Introduction: feminism and the Fathers 2: Creation in the image of God 3: What is virginity? 4: Macrina: in life and in letters 5: Reading Gregory of Nyssa on sex, gender, and embodiment IV. Theology 1: Apophatic theology as `reaching out to what lies beyond' 2: God and being, beings and language: Scott Douglass 3: The gift, reciprocity and the word: John Milbank 4: Returning to the Trinity 5: Reading Gregory of Nyssa on language, theology, and the language of theology IV. Conclusions 1: Tradition, history and historiography 2: The interpretation of ambiguity: Chritsina theology and pedagogy

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Morwenna Ludlow is Lecturer in Patristics at the University of Exeter.


`thorough and up-to-date...[a] very rich treatment of Gregory's theology.' Anthony Meredith. The Journal of Theological Studies. `an ambitious overview of a fascinating subfield in which patristics and systematics interact.' Augustine Casiday, Theology `Morwenna Ludlow's magnificent and assured book has a clarity and a brilliance that shines on a number of levels.' David Jasper, Literature and Theology `an important new contribution to scholarship on Gregory Nyssen and the Cappadocian...Ludlow's latest book is a fine work, with conclusions that contribute to both Cappadocian scholarship and the broader field of patristics...a volume that will introduce new students to contemporary interpretations of Gregory and engage many long-time readers with new questions and insights into the method of interpreting patristic texts.' Kevin D. Hill, Review of Biblical Literature `This is a valuable contribution to the growing scholarship on Gregory of Nyssa.' Ilaria Ramelli, Review of Biblical Literature `Morwenna Ludlow's magnificent and assured book has a clarity and a brilliance that shines on a number of levels' Literature and Theology

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