Chapter 4 Gregory of Nyssa’s Trinitarian Anthropology: A Narrative

In: The Unity of Body and Soul in Patristic and Byzantine Thought

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Abstract

This contribution outlines the main stages of what seems to me to be Gregory of Nyssa’s coherent and original anthropological narrative.

After a brief methodological introduction, it sets out the influence of the biblical doctrine of creation on the conception of the union of body and soul.

The idea that concupiscence depends ontologically on sin and not on the body allows Gregory to reread the doctrine of the passions as a divergence from what we could call an original and natural desire, here interpreted in a Trinitarian, i.e. relational, key.