St. Gregory of Nyssa (''Father of Fathers of the Church'' according to the Seventh Ecumenical Council) is among the foundational figures in the expression of Christian doctrine and spirituality. His influence simply cannot be exaggerated. The shy and retiring member of the Cappadocian triumvirate, he was perhaps the most ''multilingual''- conversant in mystical, speculative, and dogmatic theology. Duke University professor J. Warren Smith's new study is invaluable on several counts: It attempts to untangle the issue of God's impassibility -- His transcending all passion -- and to explore the contours of his anthropology. Not to be missed is Smith's survey of recent scholarly interpretation of Gregory's theology and its influence on the history of Christian thought. A helpful appendix comprised of discussion question for each chapter makes this study adaptable for group or classroom use.
An Eighth Day View:
Does God suffer, and can we be close to God when we suffer? Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three most influential theologians of the early Church, offers a vision of suffering as part of our progress to final union with God.