Chapter

The Luminous Dark Revisited

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/10.1093/0199267995.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Luminous Dark Revisited

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Redresses Gregory’s over-identification with a ‘mysticism of darkness’ and shows that he is no less concerned with a ‘mysticism of light’. The mysticism-of-darkness theme is grounded in exegesis; outside of commenting certain scriptural texts, Gregory does not concern himself with the divine dark but prefers instead to speak of the soul’s transformation in the language of light. Gregory does not subordinate light to dark or darkto light. This parity reflects his understanding of the relationship of knowledge to virtue.

Keywords: darkness; divinization; light; mysticism; virtue

Chapter.  14359 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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