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  Gregory of Nyssa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Origen, a major influence on Gregory, had explicitly argued that God is limited, an essential notion in Platonism, since to be limited is to be clearly defined and knowable.
Gregory speaks of three stages: initial darkness of ignorance, then spiritual illumination, and finally a darkness of the mind in contemplation of the God who cannot be comprehended.
Gregory also taught that while it cannot be known whether or not all humans will be saved, as Origen speculated, faithful Christians may hope and pray for the salvation of all, even after death.
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 Gregory of Nyssa, Life of St. Macrina (1916) pp. 1-16; Introduction
GREGORY OF READERS to whom the subject is unfamiliar, should be quite clear in their minds from the outset as to the distinction between the three Gregories who played an important part in the Church history of Asia Minor.
Gregory of Nyssa wrote the life of Gregory Thaumaturgus, and to the latter's influence may be ascribed the strong element of Origenism in his writings.
Gregory's account of his sister's life is couched in the form of a letter addressed to 11 the monk Olympius, who had been with him at the Council of Antioch.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Saint Gregory of Nyssa
Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa spent some time, very probably in his early youth, for it is certain that while still a youth Gregory exercised the ecclesiastical office of rector.
According to Gregory of Nazianzus it was Basil who performed the episcopal consecration of his brother, before he himself had taken possession of the See of Sozima; which would place the beginning of Gregory of Nyssa's episcopate about 371.
Gregory at first allowed himself to be led away by his captors, then losing heart and discouraged by the cold and brutal treatment he met with, he took an opportunity of escape and reached a place of safety.
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 Cappadocia: St Gregory of Nyssa
Gregory of Nyssa’s life is also marked by intense family loyalty, which his older brother Basil does not seem to exhibit.
Nyssa was another dusty little town, not unlike the see of Sasima which Gregory of Nazianzus was never eager to occupy.
Gregory became bishop of Nyssa in 371, was deposed in 375 under Arian influence, returned to his see in 379 after the Arian emperor Valens died.
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 Article: St Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Gregory of Nyssa was an important person in his lifetime, but it might be said that his place in history was overshadowed by the company he kept.
Gregory of Nyssa proved to be an inept bishop.
Through the combined efforts of Basil, Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, the remnant of Arianism was decisively defeated at the Council of Constan-tinople in 381, where the Council Fathers reaffirmed the Nicene teaching that forms the basis of the creed we say during the Mass to this day.
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 Apokatastasis According to St. Gregory of Nysaa
Gregory presents it as a move from weighty or oppressive earthly existence to one which is "weightless" and is therefore symbolic of a heavenly life.
Gregory conceives such passages in spacial terms (earth to heaven, down to up, heavy to light); therefore it is only natural for him to transfer this essentially vertical imagry to that moral passage from a life of sin to the practice of virtue, arete.
Gregory of Nyssa's other model, Abraham, is not delineated according to this upward pattern, but he is important in that he illustrates the continuous act of forsaking an earlier form of life on the earthly plane which achieves fulfillment in the person of Elijah.
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 Gregory of Nyssa
Gregory of Nyssa lived in the fourth century, and belonged to the group called the "Cappadocians".
Nyssa is often confused by later writers with a certain Nemesius, because of the similarity of their names and of the titles of their works.
Nyssa appears to have held this view for basically theological, not philosophical reasons: it provided a way of handling the notion that at the end of the world, not only will our souls return to God, but so will our bodies.
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Many interpreters of St. Gregory of Nyssa declare that he was the most philosophical of the Fathers of the Church, that on many questions, especially that of the restoration of all things, he was led astray by the philosophising theologians of his time, such as Origin.
I have the impression, in line with the whole teaching of St. Gregory of Nyssa that the phrase "of those punished in purification"means those people who by reason of their own choice are in the everlasting fire, where the experience of the grace of God is as fire.
Therefore St. Gregory of Nyssa analyses exhaustively that the words of the Apostle refer to the human nature which Christ assumed and to the future abolition of death, of which the resurrection of Christ is the commencement.
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 Gregory of Nyssa
Gregory of Nyssa, his brother Basil the Great (14 June), and Basil's best friend Gregory of Nazianzus (9 May), are known collectively as the Cappadocian Fathers.
Gregory of Nyssa was born in Caesarea, the capital of Cappadocia (central Turkey) in about 334, the younger brother of Basil the Great and of Macrina (19 July), and of several other distinguished persons.
Gregory was with her in the last few days of her life.
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 Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Gregory of Nyssa was a fourth century Christian bishop and saint.
He became bishop of the town of Nyssa in 372.
While Nyssa itself was not a terribly large or important town, his brother Basil wanted him to be close to the latter's see in Constantinople.
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 Gregory Of Nyssa
Gregory of Nyssa was one of the great 'father' of the Church.
Gregory was one of the three Greek Cappadocian fathers (the other two were Gregory's brother, St. Basil and their mutual friend, Greory of Nazianzus)
Gregory believed that the main use of the Bible was not for historical reflection but rather for growth in virtue.
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 Gregory of Nyssa: Luminous Darkness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Gregory’s concept of mystical knowing is best expressed in his image of the divine darkness: a symbol that is perhaps one of his greatest gifts to the realm of Christian thought.
Gregory discusses the story of Moses and the Jewish exodus from its historical perspective, effectively paraphrasing the Exodus account, then moves on to a ‘spiritual interpretation’—a contemplative examination of its inner meaning.
One of Gregory’s greatest contributions to the understanding of personal spirituality and mystical knowledge, was his admission and embrace of the utter transcendence of God.
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 Orthodox Icon of St. Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Prologue says that he was consecrated Bishop of Nyssa after being widowed.
Some accounts know of a definite close relationship between the two of them and assume that she was his sister.
Gregory was a gifted scholar and translator of the Scriptures.
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 Xanthikos: St Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Yesterday was the commemoration of St Gregory of Nyssa in the Orthodox Church calendar.
Now I know that St Gregory of Nyssa identifies the ‘archetype’ of the Beautiful or the Good with the Holy Trinity rather than with some immaterial essence (or whatever the proper philosophical term is) of Beauty or Goodness.
Being no expert in EO anthropology or spiritual states, I'm quite certain that understanding Gregory of Nyssa's critique of 'imperfect intelligence' hinges on what the fathers meant by 'intelligible.' To be intelligent means, by definition, to apprehend what is intelligible.
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 Gregory of Nyssa, Selected Letters
Gregory of Nyssa is the brother of Basil of Caesarea and perhaps of all the Cappadocian fathers the most interested in the contemplative life.
It is he, for example, who wrote a life of his sister Macrina that praised her for her asceticism; he also wrote a number of treatises on that theme, and his Life of Moses puts a far greater emphasis on Moses' ascetic tendencies than anything known about Moses would suggest is possible.
Gregory was appointed bishop of Nyssa by his brother Basil about the same time that the latter attempted to make Gregory of Nazianzus bishop of Sasima.
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 Amazon.com: Books: Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses (Classics of Western Spirituality)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
One of the Greek Cappadocian Fathers (the other two were Gregory's brother, St. Basil the Great, and their mutual friend, St. Gregory Nazianzen), Gregory has come to be regarded increasingly as the most brilliant and subtle thinker and most profound mystical teacher of the three.
Gregory saw the totality of the spiritual life as an "epektasis," a continual growth or straining ahead, as in the words of St. Paul, "Forgetting the past, I strain for what is still to come."
Gregory of Nyssa is one the best known Saints of the Holy Orthodox Church, and his "Life of Moses" is a must for all Orthodox Christians.
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 quotes, texts and mystical poems from Saint Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Using riddles, as it were, we envisage a strange and paradoxical diversity-in-unity and unity-in-diversity.
Gregory of Nyssa, from Gregory of Nyssa's Mystical Writings, translated and edited by Herbert Mursillo (Crestwood, N.Y.: St. V1adimir's Seminary Press, 1979). 
Thus though the new grace we may obtain is greater than what we had before, it does not put a limit on our final goal; rather, for those who are rising in perfection, the limit of the good that is attained becomes the beginning of the discovery of higher goods.
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 RELIGION: "Evangelical" - St. Gregory of Nyssa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
As for the Episcopal church of St. Gregory of Nyssa, in San Francisco, see www.saintgregorys.org.
St. Gregory of Nyssa seems to have been a foresightful Father of the Church; he has his own web page, at http://www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/nyssa/home.html".
RH: St. Gregory of Nyssa would be amazed to know that he has his own web page.
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 Human Nature in Gregory of Nyssa
It argues that the frequent use Gregory makes of phusis-terminology is not only a terminological predilection, but rather the key to the philosophical and theological foundations of his thought.
The second part explores Gregory's use of this same notion in his teaching on the divine economy.
It is argued that Gregory takes this philosophical theory into the service of his own theology.
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Saint Gregory, the younger brother of Basil the Great, illustrious in speech and a zealot for the Orthodox Faith, was born in 331.
Gregory became bishop in 372, and because of his Orthodoxy he was exiled in 374 by Valens, who was of one mind with the Arians.
After the death of Valens in 378, Gregory was recalled to his throne by the Emperor Gratian.
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 St. Gregory of Nyssa - Saint of the Day - American Catholic
By then married, Gregory went on to study for the priesthood and become ordained (this at a time when celibacy was not a matter of law for priests).
He was elected Bishop of Nyssa (in Lower Armenia) in 372, a period of great tension over the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ.
Indeed, St. Gregory of Nyssa is seen not simply as a pillar of orthodoxy but as one of the great contributors to the mystical tradition in Christian spirituality and to monasticism itself.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Using classical anagogical writing, Gregory writes not about Moses, but about Prayer, how God makes him/herself known to us, particularly in Sacraments, but also in the quiet prayer (hesychasm) practised by Eastern Orthodox and many Western catholic monks/nuns/lay people.
Strongly influenced by the life and work of Origen (who is often credited, rightly or wrongly, with systematizing this ancient approach to exegesis) Gregory of Nyssa is one of the church "Fathers" and early theologians to teach this approach to scripture.
Gregory of Nyssa birth date is unknown but most scholars believe he died around 385 to 386 AD.
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 Medieval Sourcebook: Gregory of Nyssa: Life of Macrina
Basil, brother of Gregory of Nyssa, was brought up on the family estate at Annesi, near Neo­Caesarea, by his grandmother Macrina, who used to repeat to him the very words used by Gregory Thaumaturgus.[note; See Basil, ep.
223] Gregory of Nyssa wrote the life of Gregory Thaumaturgus, and to the latter's influence may be ascribed the strong element of Origenism in his writings.
Gregory's account of his sister's Life is couched in the form of a letter addressed to the monk Olympius, who had been with him at the Council of Antioch.
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 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Gregory of Nyssa Saint   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Gregory of Nyssa, Saint (circa 335-394), bishop of Nyssa, in Cappadocia, and an early Father of the Church, born in Neocaesarea (now Niksar,...
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 Not Three Gods - Gregory of Nyssa To Ablabius
Gregory of Nyssa to Alabius in not three gods denies both: God is
Many early and later scholars compare the Godhead to one human being made in God's image: God speaks (father), His words (Son) are spoken to human listeners and are blown forth and given power by God's breath (Spirit).
Gregory of Nyssa on Not Three Gods speaks for all of the ancient fathers in denying the modern polytheism or tritheism.
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 Gregory of Nyssa - OrthodoxWiki
335 – after 394) was bishop of Nyssa and a prominent theologian of the fourth century.
The younger brother of Basil the Great and friend of Gregory the Theologian, his influence on Church doctrine has remained important, even after the Origenist influence on his thought left him suspect in the wake of the Fifth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople.
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