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Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra Eunomium and Onomatodoxy in Russian Theology

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This chapter discusses the way in which Gregory's arguments Contra Eunomium were recovered in the context of the onomatodox debate and introduces some of this material into Western Gregory of Nyssa scholarship. To undercut the 'onomatoclast' argumentation, Sergij Bulgakov aims his arrows against the authority on which Sergej V. Troickij leans, that is, Gregory of Nyssa. Bulgakov's commitment to a markedly Palamite onomatodoxy is clear: as God is said to reveal Himself to man through His energies, Bulgakov defends precisely this kind of energetic presence in God's names. Troickij is accused of having presented a distorted picture of onomatodox doctrine so as to make it fit Gregory of Nyssa's refutation of Eunomius. According to some believers Troickij's erudite attempt to refute onomatodoxy on the basis of Gregory's arguments Against Eunomius only showed the learned canonist's inability to move beyond the darkness of Sinaï to embrace the uncreated light of Tabor.

Keywords: Contra Eunomium; Gregory of Nyssa; onomatodoxy; Sergej V. Troickij; Sergij Bulgakov



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