Item description for Passion and Paradise: Human and Divine Emotion in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa by J. Warren Smith...
Overview Does God suffer, and can we be close to God when we suffer? Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three most influential theologians of the early Church, offers a vision of suffering as part of our progress to final union with God.
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Studio: Crossroad General Interest
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.25" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Crossroad General Interest
ISBN 0824519442 ISBN13 9780824519445
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More About J. Warren Smith
Smith is assistant professor of historical theology at Duke Divinity School.
Reviews - What do customers think about Passion and Paradise: A Study of Theological Anthropology in Gregory of Nyssa?
Makes the Complexities of Nyssen's Thought Accessible Nov 21, 2005
Taking Dr. Smith's graduate seminar on the theology of the Cappadocians first alerted me to his skill as a pedagogue. After perusing a few chapters of his book, I now know that this dexterity extends from the classroom to his ability as an author. Dr. Smith makes Gregory of Nyssa, a pedantic Neoplatonic aristocrat and bishop of fourth-century Cappadocia, actually understandable. The chapters of his book are well-defined, articulate, and unambiguous. Furthermore, an appendix for discussion makes this book a candidate for study-groups, whether under the auspices of the church, or for personal use. I highly recommend this book as an introduction to Nyssen's theological anthropology. Don't be fooled by the title, though. The book, faithful to it subject matter, covers much more than just theological anthropology. This topic bleeds into many others, and thus it serves as an oblique introduction to many other aspects of Nyssen's thought, and late antique Christian Neoplatonism in general.