Gregory of Nyssa, the most mystical of the Cappadocian Fathers

As I said yesterday, when I realized that Evagrius Ponticus was a student of one of the Cappadocian Fathers, I decided that I should read the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Nyssa before Evagrius, rather than the other way around. So that's what I'm doing, and here, therefore, is an introduction to Gregory.First, who are the Cappadocians? They were a fourth century monastic community which produced three towering figures of Christian theology and mysticism: Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzus, … [Read more...]

101 Mystics: Gregory of Nyssa before Evagrius Ponticus

I don't know how many of you out there in blog-land are actually reading along with me on the 101 mystics, but just in case someone is... I had set up my chronological list of mystics with Evagrius Ponticus coming before Gregory of Nyssa. But in researching Evagrius, I've realized that he was a student of the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Naziansus — and Gregory of Nyssa was also a Cappadocian. So I went back to my notes and realized that Gregory was in fact 10 years older than Evagrius, and so … [Read more...]