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Apophatism and person

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Apophatism is a particularly actual theme in the context of contemporary theology, in any confessional circle. As for the affirmation of Gregory that the divine names are referred to activity, it is to be viewed as an extremely positive conception of Nyssian apophatism, and one could even say, with a play on words, an active conception. Gregory demonstrates once again his interest for science and his admiration for the beauty of the created world. His refined ontological sensibility leads him to affirm, for created beings, a type of participated apophatism. The concept of person is the fruit of a slow coalescing of a double source: properly Christian elaboration and Semitic categories. The discussion of apophatism, after the present more properly Christological moment, is finalized in a natural way through the study of Nyssian pneumatology.

Keywords: Christian; Gregory; Nyssian apophatism



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