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The Grasp of Faith The Grasp of Faith and Supranoetic Union

Martin Laird

in Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267996
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267995.003.0005

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Grasp of Faith The Grasp of Faith and Supranoetic Union

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In designating a non-discursive faculty of apophatic union, Gregory is doing nothing new. This chapter explores parallels in Middle and Neoplatonism: Celsus, The Chaldaean Oracles, Plotinus. Gregory ascribes to faith many of the same qualities as others did to faculties of union, yet Gregory differs markedly in the dynamic, exegetical, and sacramental character he accords faith as an apophatic faculty.

Keywords: crest of nous; faith; flower of the mind; Plotinus

Chapter.  10742 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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