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Passion and Paradise: A Study of Theological Anthropology in Gregory of Nyssa
"In neoplatonist Christian thought in the early church, theologians tend to describe God as apathetic, not subject to the passions and emotions that beset humans. In a theological system where salvation involves becoming "like" God in some way, what implication does the idea of an apathetic God have for our ability to understand, know, and experience God? Are the emotions ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Crossroad General Interest
(first published August 25th 2004)
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Oct 25, 2012 Amy Hughes rated it really liked it
Every now and then there is a book that does me the great service of taking hold of a particular subject that I am currently working through and works it through for me. Passion and Paradise is one such book. J. Warren Smith's exploration of emotion and desire in Gregory of Nyssa's anthropology is careful and organized. His parsing out of Gregory's "eclectic psychology" of the soul and his mining of philosophical terms and models is especially helpful, especially once he begins to analyze ...more