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Embodiment And Virtue In Gregory Of Nyssa

Author : Hans Boersma
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Gregory of Nyssa has traditionally been seen as a Platonic thinker who did not do justice to this-worldly embodied realities. Sometimes, he was thought to be so indebted to world-denying philosophies that his theology was hardly Christian. Recent scholarship has challenged this view. Scholars today highlight Gregory's positive attitudes toward the body, sexuality, and marriage. Hans Boersma agrees with today's scholarship that Gregory is very much a Christiantheologian. But Boersma argues that when Gregory talks of the body, he never gives it ultimate value. Gregory always is intent on moving away from this-worldly, earthly realities toward otherworldly,heavenly realities. Gregory refers to this 'upward' movement as 'anagogy'. Thus, Boersma maintains that 'anagogical transposition' (the move away from embodied life here on earth in order to participate in the spiritual life of God) is central to Gregory's theology.

The Oxford Handbook Of Sacramental Theology

Author : Matthew Levering
ISBN : 9780199659067
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"As a multi-faceted introduction to sacramental theology, the purposes of this Handbook are threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional. The forty-four chapters are organized into the following parts five parts: Sacramental Roots in Scripture, Patristic Sacramental Theology, Medieval Sacramental Theology, From the Reformation through Today, and Philosophical and Theological Issues in Sacramental Doctrine. Contributors to this Handbook explain the diverse ways that believers have construed the sacraments, both in inspired Scripture and in the history of the Church's practice. In Scripture and the early Church, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics all find evidence that the first Christian communities celebrated and taught about the sacraments in a manner that Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics today affirm as the foundation of their own faith and practice. Thus, for those who want to understand what has been taught about the sacraments in Scripture and across the generations by the major thinkers of the various Christian traditions, this Handbook provides an introduction. As the divisions in Christian sacramental understanding and practice are certainly evident in this Handbook, it is not thereby without ecumenical and missional value. This book evidences that the story of the Christian sacraments is, despite divisions in interpretation and practice, one of tremendous hope"--Publisher.

The Brill Dictionary Of Gregory Of Nyssa

Author : Lucas Francisco Mateo Seco
ISBN : 9789004169654
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The Brill Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa is the fruit of wide-ranging collaboration between experts in Philology, Philosophy, History and Theology. These scholars shared the desire to develop a comprehensive reference work that would help attract more people to the tudy of the 'Father of Fathers' and assist them in their work. Gregory of Nyssa's thought is at once quintessentially classic and modern, as it speaks directly to the contemporary reader. As interest in Gregory has increased along with the number of works devoted to him, the need for a comprehensive introduction and bibliographical reference work has arisen. In order to meet this need, more than forty scholars from various disciplines and perspectives have contributed to this work. In two hundred articles, the Brill Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa provides a symphonic vision of the studies on Gregory of Nyssa and his thought.

Heavenly Participation

Author : Hans Boersma
ISBN : 9780802865427
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Surveying the barriers that contemporary thinking has erected between the natural and the supernatural, between earth and heaven, Hans Boersma issues a wake-up call for Western Christianity. Both Catholics and evangelicals, he says, have moved too far away from a sacramental mindset, focusing more on the here-and-now than on the then-and-there. Yet, as Boersma points out, the teaching of Jesus, Paul, and St. Augustine indeed, of most of Scripture and the church fathers is profoundly otherworldly, much more concerned with heavenly participation than with earthly enjoyment. In Heavenly Participation Boersma draws on the wisdom of great Christian minds ancient and modern Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, C. S. Lewis, Henri de Lubac, John Milbank, and many others. He urges Catholics and evangelicals alike to retrieve a sacramental worldview, to cultivate a greater awareness of eternal mysteries, to partake eagerly of the divine life that transcends and transforms all earthly realities. Hans Boersma makes a superb contribution to evangelical theological reflection in this well-designed book, and it goes a long way to drawing us back from the brink of a fashionable evangelical tendency to reductive historicism. His re-situation of the doctrine of the Incarnation in its historic sacramental language and thought opens up the way to a deeper understanding of the truths of faith that evangelicals and Catholics alike seek to comprehend and nurture. David Lyle Jeffrey Baylor University Theology at its best, says Hans Boersma, is less interested in comprehending the truth than in participating in it. Skillfully marshalling passages from the church fathers and medieval theologians and drawing judiciously on contemporary evangelical and Catholic thinkers, Boersma shows that theology is not primarily an intellectual enterprise but a spiritual discipline by which one enters into the truth and is mastered by it. Though this sacramental tapestry, as he calls it, is as old as the church, it is refreshing to have it presented anew in this engaging book. Robert Louis Wilken University of Virginia

Violence Hospitality And The Cross

Author : Hans Boersma
ISBN : 9780801031335
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Offers a new model for understanding the atonement, sensitive to both the Christian tradition and its postmodern critics.

The Cloud Of Unknowing

Author : Anonymous
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Hidden Intercourse

Author : Wouter J. Hanegraaff
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Annotation. This volume is the first to analyse the eroticism of the esoteric on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail. While there are few domains in which the imagination can so easily run wild, the various contributions seek to distinguish fact from fiction.

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