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Knowing God In The Theological Orations Of Gregory Of Nazianzus: The Heritage Of Origen

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John McGuckin, in his biography, states that ?Nazianzen revealed himself as the true heir and successor of Origen of Alexandria" and argued that this applied, among other things, to Gregory's understanding of the theologian's role. This chapter looks at Origen's influence, not so much in individual doctrines, as in a pervasive pattern of thought. With regard to the knowledge of God, this pattern of thought entails the gradual revelation of God to individuals and to the people of God as a whole, a revelation that is gradual because it is fundamentally pedagogical, one insight building upon another. The Theological Orations show a number of affinities to Origen's thought, especially as set forth in Book 1 of his Commentary on John. Origen could thus have a profound effect on Gregory of Nazianzus even as Gregory differentiated himself from Origen's cosmology.

Keywords: God; Gregory of Nazianzus; Origen of Alexandria; Origen's heritage; Theological Orations



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