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By Anthony Meredith

Gregory of Nyssa offers a concise and available creation to the idea of this early church father with new translations of key choices of his writings. Anthony Meredith provides a various variety of Gregory's writings: his contribution to the debates of the interval concerning the nature of God in argument with a sort of maximum Arianism his dialogue of the character and paintings of the Holy Ghost, opposed to the so-called 'Spirit opponents' his defence of the humanity of Christ opposed to those that denied it (notably Apollinarius) the character of destiny and different philosophical matters.

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15 And, on the contrary, where ‘real existence’ is not predicated, its opposite ought to be inferred. For what is not ‘real’ must be unreal, and the assertion of unreality amounts in effect to 31 DOCTRINAL ISSUES the assertion of total non-existence. The innovative language employed by Eunomius in his dogmatic exposé seems to have some such purpose in view. 165. 16 166. No one is childish enough to suppose that spatial distinctions have any part to play among intellectual and bodiless natures. Bodies, indeed, do have locations, but what is naturally intellectual and immaterial must exist without any local implication.

10 158. The same may be said of all those who at a later date, at particular junctures in common synods, came to decisions about disputed issues, whose written traditions are preserved in the churches to this day. Had it been permissible for them to employ this new language, and had piety allowed them, is it likely that they would have clung to the language of Father, Son and Holy Ghost and not, instead, transformed the language of faith into this novel jargon? Or could it be the case that these persons (sc.

I am using the precise sense of in saying this. He ought not to adduce, in defence of his claim, differences of quality or individuality, which are connected with being, but distinct from it. 182. It is not here a question of smell or colour or weight or power or differences of ways or of character, connected with either body or soul. I am here speaking of the basic substance , to which the name ‘being’ properly applies and I wish to see if its difference from another being can be described in terms of ‘more being’.

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