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Embodiment And Virtue In Gregory Of Nyssa

Author : Hans Boersma
ISBN : 9780199641123
Genre : Religion
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Gregory of Nyssa has traditionally been seen as a Platonic thinker who did not do justice to this-worldly embodied realities. Sometimes, he was thought to be so indebted to world-denying philosophies that his theology was hardly Christian. Recent scholarship has challenged this view. Scholars today highlight Gregory's positive attitudes toward the body, sexuality, and marriage. Hans Boersma agrees with today's scholarship that Gregory is very much a Christiantheologian. But Boersma argues that when Gregory talks of the body, he never gives it ultimate value. Gregory always is intent on moving away from this-worldly, earthly realities toward otherworldly,heavenly realities. Gregory refers to this 'upward' movement as 'anagogy'. Thus, Boersma maintains that 'anagogical transposition' (the move away from embodied life here on earth in order to participate in the spiritual life of God) is central to Gregory's theology.

The Oxford Handbook Of Sacramental Theology

Author : Hans Boersma
ISBN : 9780191634192
Genre : Religion
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As a multi-faceted introduction to sacramental theology, the purposes of this Handbook are threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional. The forty-four chapters are organized into the following parts five parts: Sacramental Roots in Scripture, Patristic Sacramental Theology, Medieval Sacramental Theology, From the Reformation through Today, and Philosophical and Theological Issues in Sacramental Doctrine. Contributors to this Handbook explain the diverse ways that believers have construed the sacraments, both in inspired Scripture and in the history of the Church's practice. In Scripture and the early Church, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics all find evidence that the first Christian communities celebrated and taught about the sacraments in a manner that Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics today affirm as the foundation of their own faith and practice. Thus, for those who want to understand what has been taught about the sacraments in Scripture and across the generations by the major thinkers of the various Christian traditions, this Handbook provides an introduction. As the divisions in Christian sacramental understanding and practice are certainly evident in this Handbook, it is not thereby without ecumenical and missional value. This book evidences that the story of the Christian sacraments is, despite divisions in interpretation and practice, one of tremendous hope.

Sons Of Hellenism Fathers Of The Church

Author : Susanna Elm
ISBN : 9780520269309
Genre : Religion
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"In this magisterial study, Susanna Elm illuminates fresh and persuasive connections between intellectual life and imperial politics in the late Roman empire, describing complex concepts with consummate ease and in a splendidly fluent style. "Sons of Hellenism" is a model of what a history of ideas should be."--John Anthony McGuckin, Professor of Byzantine Christian History, Columbia University. "With this book, Susanna Elm has blown an irreparable hole in the wall that has long separated the study of philosophy, theology, and politics in the ancient world. "Sons of Hellenism" is an intellectual "tour de force" and a master work in every respect."--H.A. Drake, author of "Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance."

Drama Of The Divine Economy

Author : Paul M. Blowers
ISBN : 9780199660414
Genre : Religion
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An introduction to the multiplex relation between Creator and creation as an object both of theological construction and religious devotion in the early church. The book argues that patristic commentators were motivated less by cosmological concerns than the desire to depict creation as the enduring creative and redemptive strategy of the Trinity.

Perpetua S Passions

Author : Jan N. Bremmer
ISBN : 9780199561889
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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A collection of studies about the Passion of Perpetua, the diary written by the young Christian martyr Perpetua. This intriguing text is edited and translated before a team of distinguished scholars examine it from a wide range of perspectives: literary, narratological, historical, religious, psychological, and philosophical.

Sudden And Gradual

Author : Peter N. Gregory
ISBN : 8120808193
Genre : History
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This volume examines the historical basis of the debate over sudden versus gradual approaches to enlightenment in Chinese Buddhism seeing it as part of a recurrent polarity in Chinese history and thought. Sudden and Gradual includes essays by Luis O. Gomez on the philosophical implications of the debate in China and Tibet, Whalen Lai on Taodheng`s theory of sudden enlightenment, Neal Donner on Chih-i`s system of T`ien-t`ai, John R. McRae on Shen-Hui`s sudden enlgihtenment` and its precedents in Northern Ch`an, Peter N. Gregory on Tsung-.i`s theory of sudden enlightenment .

God In Pain

Author : Slavoj Zizek
ISBN : 9781609803704
Genre : Philosophy
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A brilliant dissection and reconstruction of the three major faith-based systems of belief in the world today, from one of the world's most articulate intellectuals, Slavoj Zizek, in conversation with Croatian philosopher Boris Gunjévic. In six chapters that describe Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in fresh ways using the tools of Hegelian and Lacanian analysis, God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse shows how each faith understands humanity and divinity—and how the differences between the faiths may be far stranger than they may at first seem. Chapters include (by Zizek) (1) "Christianity Against Sacred," (2) "Glance into the Archives of Islam," (3) "Only Suffering God Can Save Us," (4) "Animal Gaze," (5) "For the Theologico-Political Suspension of the Ethical," (by Gunjevic) (1) "Mistagogy of Revolution," (2) "Virtues of Empire," (3) "Every Book Is Like Fortress," (4) "Radical Orthodoxy," (5) "Prayer and Wake."

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