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Perfection in Resurrection

Morwenna Ludlow

in Universal Salvation

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270225
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600661 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198270224.003.0003

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Perfection in Resurrection

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This chapter examines Gregory of Nyssa's key claim that the resurrection will restore human beings to their original state before the Fall. It assesses his theological anthropology as expressed through the doctrines of creation (especially the ideas of humanity's creation in God's image/the imago dei and of the ‘double creation’) and the Fall. It concludes that Gregory has a teleological view of humanity heading towards eschatological perfection, which means that one should not take the notion of a ‘return’ too literally. The idea of eschatological perfection is examined with particular reference to human desire and love (the problem of apatheia), and to Gregory's imaginative descriptions of heaven.

Keywords: anthropology; apatheia; creation; desire; Fall; heaven; imago dei; love; resurrection; teleological

Chapter.  13996 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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