This is the Day Which the Lord Has Made: Scripture, Theology, and Manumission in St. Gregory of Nyssa

Speaker(s): Francesca Murphy, Hans Boersma
Date: Sept 16-17 2011
Length: 1h14m
Product ID: RGDL4121H

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"This Is the Day Which the Lord Has Made": scripture, Theology, and Manumission in Saint Gregory of Nyssa - Hans Boersma

Gregory of Nyssa presents a number of remarkably vehement pleas for emancipation of slaves (manumission). His belief that human beings are more than merely physical entities lies at the basis of his radical rejection of the ownership of human beings. Moreover, the levelling of relationships that manumission implies is, for the Nyssen, an anticipatory implementation of eschatological equality and, as such, is part and parcel of his anagogical theology.

Profiling the Psalms - Francesca Murphy

Prof. Murphy's paper will raise questions about what modern theology can learn from the Psalms. At least since Augustine, Christian tradition has taught that the voices to be heard in the Psalms include those of Christ and the Church, the body of Christ. She will ask how this could be understood in relation to modern aesthetics. Thomas Merton's primer in the exposition of the Psalms, Bread in the Wilderness clearly has Maritain's Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry behind it. Can contemporary theological reading of the Psalms draw on more recent aesthetics? And what would the implication of this exegesis be for determining whether it is the divine or the human nature of Christ that is speaking in the Psalms of abandonment? In what sense does the Church, his body, participate in this abandonment?
These papers are also available as part of the complete set of presentations from the conference, Heaven on Earth: The Future of Spiritual Interpretation.

See All Audio by Francesca Murphy Hans Boersma

Francesca Murphy, Associate Professor of Theology, Notre Dame, is the author of several books, including Christ the Form of Beauty.

Hans Boersma is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of several books, including Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition, Nouvelle Theologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery, Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, and Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach.

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