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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


Introduction

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/9780199574117.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

The Introduction defines divine simplicity and theological epistemology. The latter is distinguished from religious epistemology, which asks, ‘On what grounds is someone's holding a certain belief ... More


Basil of Caesarea II: Concepts, Reality, and Reading

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/9780199574117.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Chapter 6 is the second of two chapters on Basil of Caesarea. The chapter first focuses on the way Basil reclaims the idea that at least some theological terms are devised through human ... 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


Divine Excellency

Oliver D. Crisp

in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199755295
eISBN:
9780199979486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755295.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 5 deals with the doctrine of divine excellency, an important constituent of Edwardsian theology proper. Edwards argues that “one alone cannot be excellent.” He maintains that an entity that ... More


Agen(n)êtos and the Identity Thesis: Justin, Dionysius of Alexandria, and Athanasius

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/9780199574117.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Theology

Chapter 3 sets the stage for the subsequent discussion of Eunomius of Cyzicus and his opponents. It outlines the background to his view that ingeneracy, that is, having no cause, is the essential ... More


Divine Sovereignty and Aseity

William E. Mann

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195138092
eISBN:
9780199835348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138090.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

To say that God is sovereign over all things is to say that everything depends on God. To say that God exists a se is to say that Gods depends on nothing. This chapter examines and defends strong ... More


Of Himself, God Gives Himself

Brannon Ellis

in Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199652402
eISBN:
9780191742002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652402.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

This chapter is an initial foray into some further applications and implications of a Calvinian Reformed approach to thinking and speaking of the Triune God according to how he has given himself to ... More


What God Is not

Brian Davies

in The Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198267539
eISBN:
9780191600500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198267533.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The view of Thomas Aquinas that we can only know what God is not, rather than what he is, is discussed. The first part of the chapter outlines Aquinas’ basic position on this matter in relation to ... More


Two Theories of Analogical Predication

Daniel Bonevac

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 4

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199656417
eISBN:
9780191742163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656417.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses two versions of the doctrine of analogical predication. One rests on the idea of structural similarity. An analogy between a representation and what it represents can ... More


Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Oliver D. Crisp

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199755295
eISBN:
9780199979486
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755295.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is widely regarded as a philosopher and theologian of the first rank, sometimes even as “America's Theologian.” This study offers a major revisionist account of his views ... More


The Post-Meditations Meditator

David Cunning

in Argument and Persuasion in Descartes’ Meditations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195399608
eISBN:
9780199866502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399608.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that Descartes’ considered view is that God is the eternal, simple and immutable author of any reality that exists—both possible and actual—and that such a being does not create ... More


Descartes on Universal Essences and Divine Knowledge

Lawrence Nolan

in The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190608040
eISBN:
9780190608064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608040.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

This chapter develops a new defense of the conceptualist interpretation of Descartes’s theory of universals, according to which universal essences are merely innate, intellectual ideas in the minds ... More


God

Dale B. Martin

in Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300222838
eISBN:
9780300227918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222838.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Even if ancient biblical writers did not have the philosophical training to have anticipated later Christian doctrines such as the transcendence or immanence of God, divine simplicity, even the ... More


Introduction

Oliver D. Crisp

in Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199755295
eISBN:
9780199979486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755295.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The introduction sets out some of the major themes of the book, paying particular attention to the relationship between Edwards's published and unpublished manuscripts and to his understanding of the ... More


Anselm on the Trinity

William E. Mann

in God, Belief, and Perplexity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190459208
eISBN:
9780190459222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459208.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

This chapter presents Anselm’s attempts to show that the doctrine that God is one yet threefold in nature is free from contradiction. In carrying out this project, Anselm is aware that he must avoid ... More


The Attributes of God

William J. Abraham

in Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume III: Systematic Theology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198786528
eISBN:
9780191828805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786528.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

Exploring the nature and attributes of God is akin to crossing a mountain horizon. Thus, alien concepts of God should be avoided to make room for exploring the deep contours of the attributes of God. ... More


Absolute Creation

William Lane Craig

in God Over All: Divine Aseity and the Challenge of Platonism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198786887
eISBN:
9780191829024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786887.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The view that God has created abstract objects is considered, with special attention to the modified Platonism of Christopher Menzel and Thomas Morris and the Aristotelianism of Hugh McCann. Two ... More


Divine Agency, Divine Freedom, and Divine Suffering

William J. Abraham

in Divine Agency and Divine Action, Volume IV: A Theological and Philosophical Agenda

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198786535
eISBN:
9780191828812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786535.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter argues that traditional concepts of God as pure act, impassible, atemporal, and simple should be rethought in light of the canonical claims the Christian tradition makes about divine ... More


The Faith of the Son: Pistis Christou Reconsidered

Thomas H. McCall

in Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198857495
eISBN:
9780191890260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857495.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter 2 addresses the question: Just how are we to interpret and understand Paul’s language of “pistis christou?” Does it refer to faith in Christ, or is Paul talking about the faith of Jesus ... More


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