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Gregory addresses Ablabius with a calm and paternal tone, reproaching him for not having personally engaged himself to respond to the proposed question. After a first sketch of a response, more rhetorical than speculative, one might expect a refutation of the closeness of man to God on Gregory's part. Gregory does not limit himself to the terminology of life, but explains this necessity in terms of nature. Gregory clearly has before him the difference between God and man: it is radically based on the infinite distance between created and uncreated nature, which is God himself. The eschatological conception of Gregory is thus Christocentric, since everything is through Christ: the one who distances himself from his model, and thus loses the image. Man is created in the image of the Trinity to return, through the history into which Christ enters and becomes man, to the Trinity itself.

Keywords: God; Gregory; Trinity; universal nature



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