The Power of God: Dynamis in Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology (Paperback)Michel Rene Barnes (author)
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The most important senses of ""power"" have little to do with political or physical power. Since the time of the pre-Socratics, Greek philosophy and medicine used the term to refer to the capacity of anything to be a cause. It is this sense of ""power"" that figures so substantially in the development of the doctrine of the Trinity in the patristic period. Indeed, what is recognized as the definitive form of Nicene trinitarian theology--normative for all Christians--was established in the second half of the fourth century using arguments based on an understanding of God as a cause--God as a ""power."" Nowhere is the importance of ""power"" for supporting a Nicene trinitarian theology as great and as closely argued as it is in the theology of Gregory of Nyssa.
This study will be useful for those who study the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as those who are interested in the role of scriptural and philosophical resources in Christian theology. Finally, the in-depth account of the importance of the philosophical use of ""power"" will be of use to scholars of ancient and hellenistic Greek philosophy.
Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
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