Gregory of Nyssa (The Early Church Fathers) by Anthony Meredith

By Anthony Meredith

Gregory of Nyssa offers a concise and obtainable creation to the idea of this early church father with new translations of key choices of his writings. Anthony Meredith provides a various variety of Gregory's writings: his contribution to the debates of the interval in regards to the nature of God in argument with a kind of utmost Arianism his dialogue of the character and paintings of the Holy Ghost, opposed to the so-called 'Spirit combatants' his defence of the humanity of Christ opposed to those that denied it (notably Apollinarius) the character of destiny and different philosophical matters.

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That is what human beings are [Job 34, 15; Ps. 89, 5–6; Isa. 12]. 18. But the Holy Spirit, belonging as he does to that class of beings that are by nature holy, is the same as the Father and Only Begotten, both being by nature holy. So too is the Holy Spirit. He is also life-giving and incorruptible, changeless 41 DOCTRINAL ISSUES and everlasting, just, wise, straight, leading, good and powerful, the source of all good things and, above all, of life itself. The Spirit is everywhere and present to each thing, filling the earth and remaining in the heavens, poured out among the super terrestrial powers, filling all things according to the worth of each, and yet losing nothing of his own fullness [cf.

Although Gregory’s treatment of the deity of the Holy Spirit clearly owes a good deal to Athanasius,22 the nature of the challenge he was called on to meet had altered somewhat since the mid-350s. 23 It appears that some at least of Basil’s commitment to the ascetic life owed much to his friendship with Eustathius, although it is highly improbable that Basil was ever a member of the theological group over which Eustathius presided, the Semi Arians or Homoeousians, that is, those who advocated a position midway—so they thought—between Arius and the strict followers of the teaching of Nicaea.

Unless something be itself light, how can it demonstrate the grace of light? 33. So also that which is not itself glory and honour and greatness and distinction will hardly be capable of demonstrating the power of glory. The Spirit, then, gives glory to both Father and Son. But he who said, ‘I will glorify those who glorify me’ [I Kgs. 2, 30] is incapable of deceit. The Lord says to the Father, ‘I have glorified you’ and again, ‘Glorify me with the glory I had with thee from the beginning before the world was’ [John 17,4–5].

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