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By Anthony Meredith

Gregory of Nyssa presents a concise and obtainable creation to the concept of this early church father with new translations of key decisions of his writings. Anthony Meredith provides a various variety of Gregory's writings: his contribution to the debates of the interval in regards to the nature of God in argument with a sort of maximum Arianism his dialogue of the character and paintings of the Holy Ghost, opposed to the so-called 'Spirit warring parties' his defence of the humanity of Christ opposed to those that denied it (notably Apollinarius) the character of destiny and different philosophical concerns.

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Sap. Sol. 1, 7]33. It is with all them that are worthy, yet not separated from the Holy Triad. It always ‘searches the depths of God’ [cf. I Cor. 2, 10], always ‘receives from the Son’ [cf. John 16, 14] is sent forth yet not separated, is itself glorified, yet itself bestows glory [cf. John 16, 14]. For that which gives glory to another is clearly understood to be in surpassing glory itself. How indeed could that which is itself bereft of glory itself bestow glory? Unless something be itself light, how can it demonstrate the grace of light?

Unless something be itself light, how can it demonstrate the grace of light? 33. So also that which is not itself glory and honour and greatness and distinction will hardly be capable of demonstrating the power of glory. The Spirit, then, gives glory to both Father and Son. But he who said, ‘I will glorify those who glorify me’ [I Kgs. 2, 30] is incapable of deceit. The Lord says to the Father, ‘I have glorified you’ and again, ‘Glorify me with the glory I had with thee from the beginning before the world was’ [John 17,4–5].

For the slaves of vanity ask for things they want even from idols. But, their requests do not therefore add any honour to those idols. And they [sc. the idols] in the hope of having some share in the object of their hopes [sc. honour], never cease deceitfully providing what they are asked for. And do you, persuaded though you are of the character and dimension of the things the Spirit offers, even so fail to make any requests to Him. Instead you appeal to the law that lays it down, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only’ [Deut.

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