Gregory of Nyssa developed what can be called a mystical theology of the human person created for and called to an ever-deeper immersion in the divine life. His theology is shaped by the thought of Origen and the Trinitarian debates of the late fourth century.
Texts for the course: Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses, trans. Abraham Malherbe (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1978); Gregory of Nyssa, Ascetical Works, trans. Virginia Woods Callahan (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999); Anthony Meredith, Gregory of Nyssa (London: Routledge, 1999).
Introduction; 3rd century background
The life of Gregory of Nyssa and his relationship to Origen
The state of Trinitarian theology in the mid fourth century.
Texts: Introduction and epilogue in Meredith, pages 1-26 and 129-139; introduction in Life of Moses, pages xi-23; introductory materials in Ascetic Writings, pages i-xxiii.
Doctrine of God
Text: doctrinal excerpts in Meredith, pages 27-58.
-Against Eunomius, books 1 and 2
-On the Difference between Ousia and Hypostasis
-To Eustathius on the Holy Trinity
-To Ablabius: Concernting We Should Think of Saying that There Are Not Three Gods
-Against the Macedonians
-Refutation of the Confession of Eunomius
-Against Eunomius, book 3
-On the Divinity of the Son and the Spirit
-To Theophilius Against Apollinarius
-Antirrheticus Against Apollinarius
Text: Life of Moses
Text: On What it Means to Call Oneself a Christian, in Ascetical Works, pages 79-92
Text: On Perfection, in Ascetical Works, pages 93-124
Text: On the Christian Mode of Life, in Ascetical Works, pages 125-160
Texts: The Life of Saint Macrina, in Ascetical Works, pages 161-194
The Human Person and the Body
Text: On the Soul and the Resurrection, in Ascetical Works, pages 195-274;
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