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Gregory Of Nyssa And Theological Imagination

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Martin Buber's twentieth-century thoughts on the dynamis of imagination reflect a number of historical perspectives that are relevant to the author's reading of Gregory of Nyssa. At its very core, imagination has always been implicated in the notion of time, in the created order of existence. To Gregory, diastemic and kinetic humanity were historical beings by nature, created as a function of alteration, always embedded in the process of becoming. The status of epinoetic theological discourse is that every truth about God is also a lie about God and that every theological utterance aimed at accurately 'hitting' the truth of God unavoidably also contains fragments of the very same stones hurled at God by the heretics. The question of imagination and its utility in the production of theology is closely related to two problems with which Gregory wrestles: the problem of silence and the problem of presence.

Keywords: epinoetic theological discourse; God; Gregory of Nyssa



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