Gregory of Nyssa is firmly established in today's theological
curriculum and is a major figure in the study of late antiquity.
Students encounter him in anthologies of primary sources, in
surveys of Christian history and perhaps in specialized courses on
the doctrine of the Trinity, eschatology, asceticism, or the like.
Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrinal Works presents a reading of the works
in Gregory's corpus devoted to the dogmatic controversies of his
day. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz focuses as much on Gregory the writer as
on Gregory the dogmatic theologian. He sets both elements not only
within the context of imperial legislation and church councils of
Gregory's day, but also within their proper religious context-that
is, within the temporal rhythms of ritual and sacramental practice.
Gregory himself roots what we call Trinitarian theology within the
church's practice of baptism. In his dogmatic treatises, where
textbook accounts might lead one to expect much more on the
metaphysics of substance or relation, one finds a great deal on
baptismal grace; in his sermons, reflecting on the occasion of
baptism tends to prompt Trinitarian questions.
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