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On Not Three Gods: Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198755067
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198755066.003.0015
 On Not Three Gods: Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology

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Against the background of the previous three chapters, this chapter offers a new reading of the fundamental structures of the Trinitarian theology of Gregory of Nyssa. Considers the argument of his Ad Ablabium, showing how it reveals a concern to express God’s unitary power rather than any early ‘social’ analogy for the Trinity. This concern is expressed in the context of the anthropological and epistemological dynamics discussed in Chs 11–13 and, alongside, an insistence on the irreducibility of the three persons.

Keywords: epistemology; Gregory of Nyssa; person; social analogy; theology; Trinity

Chapter.  9613 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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