Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

Hans Boersma


Embodiment within the theology of Gregory of Nyssa is a much-debated subject. Hans Boersma argues that this-worldly realities of time and area, which come with embodiment, will not be the point of interest of Gregory's theology. in its place, embodiment performs a tremendously subordinate function. the major to his theology, Boersma indicates, is anagogy, going upward which will perform the lifetime of God.

This publication seems at numerous subject matters hooked up to embodiment in Gregory's suggestion: time and area; allegory; gender, sexuality, and virginity; demise and mourning; slavery, homelessness, and poverty; and the church because the physique of Christ. In each one example, Boersma continues, Gregory values embodiment purely inasmuch because it allows us to move upward within the highbrow realm of the heavenly future.

Boersma means that for Gregory embodiment and advantage serve the anagogical pursuit of otherworldly realities. Countering contemporary tendencies in scholarship that spotlight Gregory's appreciation of the goodness of construction, this e-book argues that Gregory appears to be like at embodiment as a method for humans to develop in advantage and so as to perform the divine life.

It is right that, as a Christian philosopher, Gregory regards the creator-creature contrast as uncomplicated. yet he additionally works with the excellence among spirit and subject. And Nyssen is confident that during the hereafter the types of time and area will disappear-while the human physique will endure an impossible transformation. This booklet, then, serves as a reminder of the profoundly otherworldly forged of Gregory's theology.

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