The concept of personhood is central to a wide range of
contemporary issues, ranging from reproductive rights to the death
penalty and euthanasia. We may think that the concept of person is
a modern discovery. In fact, however, this idea does not originate
with our discovery of human rights, consciousness, and
individuality. As this study shows, for example, the fourth-century
theologian Gregory of Nyssa developed a very sophisticated concept
of the person in the context of his attempts to clarify the paradox
of the Trinity - a single God comprising three distinct persons.
Turcescu offers the first in-depth analysis of Gregory's writings
about the divine persons. Turcescu's work not only contributes to
our knowledge of the history of Trinitarian theology but can be
helpful to theologians who are dealing with issues in contemporary
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