Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith: Union, Knowledge, by Martin Laird

By Martin Laird

The 1st in-depth learn of Gregory of Nyssa, this booklet indicates how for Gregory the darkness of religion is what unites the believer with God. via this union via religion by myself, God but speaks throughout the deeds and discourse of the believer. whereas the believer is immersed within the darkness of unknowing, also they are reworked in mild. Laird alters the way we comprehend Gregory's mystical theology.

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33 It is worth noting the implication that the mind can be without a pilot. 34 Speaking in the context of what takes place in baptism, Gregory sees dianoia on the same level as other things that must be converted. , SC, i x . 2. 13–14. , ix . 2. 9–11. Cf. , ix . 2. 15. , ix . 2. 16–17. , ix . 2. 17–19. Cf. 1 Cor. 7: 32–3. This seems a rather disparaging view on marriage, and the context (a treatise on virginity) should be kept in mind. Gregory has previously stated rather emphatically in De virg.

Indeed to understand properly Gregory’s concept of exalted faith, this relationship between mind and faith will need considerable examination. (D) Amongst the scholars we have considered there is a general consensus that faith, in its exalted sense, operates in the realm of the apophatic. Like gnophos, faith is part of Gregory’s apophatic vocabulary. But there is another aspect of Gregory’s notion of exalted faith which stands in dialectical tension with its properly apophatic role. This characteristic has been hinted at, it seems to me, by Cane´vet (and to a certain extent by Du¨nzl).

20–1. 34 The Exaltation of Faith 21 42 God which is produced in us’. This thought, says Cane´vet, is like an image or imitation of the one whom we seek and which is produced in us. 44 The contribution of Cane´vet to the understanding of faith in Gregory of Nyssa can be summarized as follows. She would seem to be in basic agreement with von Balthasar, Danie´lou, and Vo¨lker that faith is properly understood in the context of Gregory’s epistemology and characteristically comes into play at the zenith of an apophatic ascent.

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