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Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199574117
eISBN:
9780191722110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574117.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Divine simplicity is the idea that, as the ultimate principle of the universe, God must be a non‐composite unity not made up of parts or diverse attributes. The idea was appropriated by early ... More


“Truly Repay the Debt”: Aetius and Eunomius of Cyzicus

Andrew Radde‐Gallwitz

in Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and the Transformation of Divine Simplicity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199574117
eISBN:
9780191722110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574117.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Chapter 4 examines the teaching on divine simplicity of Aetius and his disciple Eunomius of Cyzicus, the principal opponent of Basil and Gregory of Nyssa. An initial section looks at Aetius' claim ... More


Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350–360

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198755067
eISBN:
9780191602788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198755066.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Considers the period between 350 and 360. It begins with a consideration of the Emperor Constantius II and his influence on this decade. Consideration of his support for the gradually emerging ... More


Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro‐Nicene Theology

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198755067
eISBN:
9780191602788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198755066.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Focuses on Basil of Caesarea as both a key figure in the developments of these years and as a key example of wider theological shifts. Shows how Basil slowly developed towards his mature theological ... More


St Basil and Anomoean Theology

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199605965
eISBN:
9780191738227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605965.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

The exchange between the Anomoean (Neoarian) theologian Eunomius and the Cappadocian Fathers constitutes one important feature of the fourth-century Trinitarian controversy. The label ‘anomoean’ ... More


The Internal Activity of the Godhead

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199605965
eISBN:
9780191738227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605965.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

The chapter describes doctrines of Trinitarian generation in Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Maximus the Confessor. The treatment of Gregory of Nyssa dwells on his arguments against ... More


Doctrinal Controversies: Christological and Trinitarian

Raphael A. Cadenhead

in Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa's Ascetical Theology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520297968
eISBN:
9780520970106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297968.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 6 examines Gregory’s doctrine of God as it developed in the context of the Eunomian controversy, focusing particularly on the way in which he resists the language of “activity” and ... More


Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrinal Works: A Literary Study

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780199668977
eISBN:
9780191846236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199668977.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The first monograph on Gregory of Nyssa’s entire corpus of works on the Trinity and the economy of Christ, this book argues that the numerous explicit parallels and links among the works suggest that ... More


One Deity: A Reading of Against Eunomius 2 and To Ablabius

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

in Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrinal Works: A Literary Study

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780199668977
eISBN:
9780191846236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199668977.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter demonstrates previously overlooked connections between Against Eunomius 2 and To Ablabius. It begins with a new interpretation of the former, starting from two texts that Gregory ... More


Locating Christ in Scripture: Angels in the Development of Theological Reading

Ellen Muehlberger

in Angels in Late Ancient Christianity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199931934
eISBN:
9780199332991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter follows the developments in the way that Christian leaders read Scripture during the fourth century. After the involvement of Constantine and the Council of Nicaea, Christian theological ... More


Gregory of Nyssa and Life of Moses

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

This is a short introduction to Gregory of Nyssa, his family, writings, and theological context. The background to his debates with Eunomius over the doctrine of the Trinity is explained, along with ... More


Divine Names

Ann Conway-Jones

in Gregory of Nyssa's Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198715399
eISBN:
9780191783166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715399.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Gregory includes a short digression on divine names — a frequent theme of his, and key to his argument with Eunomius. Power was widely attributed to divine names in antiquity. Philosophical debates ... More


Gregory of Nyssa and the Three Gods Problem: Activity and Etymology in To Ablabius

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

in Exploring Gregory of Nyssa: Philosophical, Theological, and Historical Studies

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198826422
eISBN:
9780191871160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826422.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter argues that Gregory’s principal claim in his treatise To Ablabius—On Not Saying ‘Three Gods’ (one of the most widely cited works of patristic Trinitarian theology) is that it is the ... More


Eunomius’ Creeds

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

in Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrinal Works: A Literary Study

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780199668977
eISBN:
9780191846236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199668977.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter offers a new reading of Against Eunomius 1, juxtaposing it with Refutation of Eunomius’ “Confession.” Structurally, Against Eunomius 1’s dogmatic section is shown to be organized around ... More


After the Passion

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

in Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrinal Works: A Literary Study

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780199668977
eISBN:
9780191846236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199668977.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter begins Part II of the book, which examines texts on the incarnate economy of Christ. After a brief glance at To Simplicius, the focus turns to select passages from Against Eunomius 3. ... More


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