Trinity and Man (Supplements to Vigilae Christianae 86)

Trinity and Man (Supplements to Vigilae Christianae 86)

Trinity and Man contributes to the actual discussion on the interpretation of Gregory of Nyssas thought and particularly on the Ad Ablabium: it constitutes the first monograph devoted entirely to this tract, analyzed here from the theological point of view.

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  • Anonymous  On November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Important contribution, October 20, 2011
    J. Barrett (U.S.) –

    This review is from: Trinity and Man (Supplements to Vigilae Christianae 86) (Hardcover)

    In Trinity and Man: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ad Ablabium, Giulio Maspero focuses on an important historical moment: the Nyssian’s answer to “why three men, but not three Gods?” Maspero cites the recent revisionist project by Sarah Coakley et al. as evidence that the all-important passageway through this question has been misread and misinterpreted. Maspero posits that more attention to Gregory’s Ad Ablabium (AdAbl) will serve to continue the movement toward a better reading that does justice to the breadth and profundity of the Nyssian’s theological contributions. Situated as a “construction” that properly follows the “deconstruction” project of Coakley et al., Trinity and Man is a theological commentary on the AdAbl that not only offers extensive analysis on the text, but also synthetically situates this analysis at the “interior” of the whole of Gregory’s theology (xxviii).

    Maspero sets out to demonstrate in the structure of the AdAbl the connection and distinction between Trinitarian immanence and economy articulated in the relationship between essence, nature, hypostases and their activity (xxxii). The central point is thus “the inseparability of Christology and doctrine of the Trinity”(xxxii). This, then, leads to a discussion of how to speak of God: “Thus in its articulation the AdAbl shows the impossibility of separating questions of fundamental theology from dogmatics properly speaking”(xxxii).

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