The Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical Theology by Raphael A. Cadenhead

The Body and Desire Book Cover The Body and Desire
Raphael A. Cadenhead
Religion
University of California Press
November 27, 2018
288

Although the reception of the Eastern Father Gregory of Nyssa has varied over the centuries, the past few decades have witnessed a profound awakening of interest in his thought. The Body and Desire sets out to retrieve the full range of Gregory’s thinking on the challenges of the ascetic life by examining within the context of his theological commitments his evolving attitudes on what we now call gender, sex, and sexuality. Exploring Gregory’s understanding of the importance of bodily and spiritual maturation for the practices of contemplation and virtue, Raphael A. Cadenhead recovers the vital relevance of this vision of transformation for contemporary ethical discourse.

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