Passion and Paradise: Human and Divine Emotion in the  Thought of Gregory of NyssaPassion and Paradise: Human and Divine Emotion in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa
J. Warren Smith

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One of the most influential early church theologians, Gregory, as the father of mysticism, thought suffering was a necessary part of human experience, indicating our progress toward final union with God. He believed, too, that the Christian life was dynamic as we are transformed from glory to glory. 176 pages, softcover. Crossroad.
     

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Imago Dei: The Foundation of Nyssen's Psychology

2. 2. Nyssen's Eclectic Psychology

3. The Nature of the Passions

4. Satiation and Epectasy

5. The Infinitely Wondrous Being of God and the Eternal Becoming of Humanity

6. Purgation and Illumination: The Dialectic of Salvation

7. "When God Shall Be All in All": Eros and Agape in the Eschaton

Notes

Discussion Questions

Index