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The Doctrine of Epektasis. One of the Major Contributions of Saint Gregory of Nyssa to the History of Thinking

The Doctrine of Epektasis. One of the Major Contributions of Saint Gregory of Nyssa to the History of Thinking

Liviu Petcu, “The Doctrine of Epektasis. One of the Major Contributions of Saint Gregory of Nyssa to the History of Thinking,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73, no. 2 (2017): 771–82, DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_2_0771

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  • The Doctrine of Epektasis. One of the Major Contributions of Saint Gregory of Nyssa to the History of Thinking

    Type Journal Article
    Author Liviu Petcu
    Rights © 2017 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2017 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 73
    Issue 2
    Pages 771-782
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
    Date 2017
    DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_2_0771
    Language English
    Abstract Epektasis is the doctrine of unceasing evolution in eternal happiness. It is a teaching developed by St. Gregory of Nyssa (335-394/395 p. Chr.), this being in fact one of the most original aspects of the great Cappadocian’s way of thinking. The teaching about epektasis will gain St. Gregory of Nyssa a prominent place among all the mystical theologians. The French scholar Jean Daniélou considers this process of striving or epektasis an extremely important characteristic of the mystical theology of the great Saint. Daniélou has identified the doctrine of epektasis as being one of the major contributions that Saint Gregory has brought to the history of thinking, together with setting a different emphasis upon the social dimension of love and communion among saints. The theme of spiritual progress is therefore fundamental for St. Gregory of Nyssa. He gives it a central place, repeating it almost unceasingly, expressing it in paradoxical formulae, considering it as being a true expression of the piety of its author.
    Date Added 21/06/2017, 11:00:21
    Modified 14/07/2017, 10:03:10

    Tags:

    • epektasis
    • God
    • Gregory of Nyssa
    • progress
    • thinking
    • union

    Notes:

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