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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2, Volume 5 - Enhanced Version (Early Church Fathers) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Schaff
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With over twenty volumes, the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers is a momentous achievement. Originally gathered by Philip Schaff, the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers is a collection of writings by classical and medieval Christian theologians. The purpose of such a collection is to make their writings readily available. The entire work is divided into two series, each with fourteen volumes. The second series focuses on a variety of important Church Fathers, ranging from the fourth century to the eighth century. This volume contains selected treatises of St. Gregory of Nyssa. A fourth century bishop, St. Gregory wrote on theology, philosophy, ethics, oration, and asceticism. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers are comprehensive in scope, and provide keen translations of instructive and illuminating texts from some of the great theologians of the Christian church. These spiritually enlightening texts have aided Christians for over a thousand years, and remain instructive and fruitful even today!

Tim Perrine
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This edition of the Early Church Fathers series has been optimized for use on the Kindle with a hierarchical Table of Contents that minimizes the number of page turns required to locate a section of the volume. This edition is among the most accurate electronic editions available, but Hebrew characters do not display on the Kindle.


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  • File Size: 2142 KB
  • Print Length: 1281 pages
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  • Publisher: Christian Classics Ethereal Library; 1.1 edition (June 8, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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Series II, volume 5 is dedicated to a fairly comprehensive selection of works by Gregory of Nyssa, who inherited the task (from Clement and Origen) of reconciling Christianity with the Greek philosophical tradition.

The works included cannot be seen at a glance anywhere in the e-book itself. They are:

Dogmatic Treatises: Against Eunomius. Answer to Eunomius' Second Book. On the Holy Spirit. On the Holy Trinity, and of the Godhead of the Holy Spirit. On 'Not Three Gods.' On the Faith.

Ascetic and Moral Treatises: On Virginity. On Infants' Early Deaths. On Pilgrimages.

Philosophical Works: On the Making of Man. On the Soul and the Resurrection.

Apologetic Works: The Great Catechism.

Oratorical Works: Funeral Oration on Meletius. On the Baptism of Christ.

His writing can be terminologically dense and refined in its argumentation. Here is a sample:

For alteration is a kind of movement ever advancing from the present state to another; and there are two forms of this movement; the one being ever towards what is good, and in this the advance has no check, because no goal of the course to be traversed can be reached, while the other is in the direction of the contrary, and of it this is the essence, that it has no subsistence; for, as has been before stated, the contrary state to goodness conveys some such notion of opposition, as when we say, for instance, that that which is is logically opposed to that which is not, and that existence is so opposed to non-existence.
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