The Internal Activity of the Godhead

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605965
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738227 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Internal Activity of the Godhead

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The chapter describes doctrines of Trinitarian generation in Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Maximus the Confessor. The treatment of Gregory of Nyssa dwells on his arguments against Eunomius. Trinitarian generation is described as an internal activity of the Godhead. It is stressed that the three thinkers clearly see that one ventures to create appropriate models to accommodate human understanding to what in itself transcends reason.

Keywords: Dionysius the Areopagite; Eunomius; Gregory of Nyssa; internal activity; Maximus the Confessor; Trinitarian generation

Chapter.  14863 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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