Monday, August 09, 2010

Gregory of Nyssa on Perfection...

Reading Michael Glerup's article in the Conversations Journal was interesting. Not least his insight to Gregory of Nyssa and what he called change for good. It is the kind of movement described in 2 Corinthians 3:18 as we are transformed 'from glory to glory'. Glerup points to the mistake of imagining perfection as a state of complete immobility in restored innocence. Gregory suggests:
"Perfection is progress itself: the perfect man is the one who is continually
making progress. This progress does not have a limit because the object of its
desire, the trinity, is limitless."

He continues:
"when we experience God in his infinity, we experience the paradox of the deep satisfaction of God's presence and yet at the same time we experience God's absence because he remains constantly beyond us... in the sphere of the spirit , the soul
can grow perpetually; filled to its capacity, it can always receive more".

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