It seems to me that Gregory of Nyssa is honored not so much because of his unique contributions, but his association with Basil the Great (his brother) and Gregory of Nazianzus. These three created the Cappodocian Fathers, but Gregory of Nyssa seems like the lesser of them. He supported the other two in defending Nicene Christianity. He argued for the doctrine of the Trinity. He affirmed the deity of Christ and the Spirit as well as their unity to the Father. Yet he seems completely unoriginal.
When I read his work On Not Three Gods I found his arguments hard to follow. This likely has much to do with my own density, but at times I couldn’t tell if he was leaning toward Tritheism or not. I wrote about my confusion in “Am I Misunderstanding Gregory of Nyssa?”
Is there a student of this man who has insight into something I’ve missed? Do you sense there is something unique or important about Gregory of Nyssa that I am overlooking? Is it unfair for me to equate him to the Chris Bosh of the Cappodocians?
See my other posts wherein I prepare for my Th.M. oral defense:
If you’d like to discuss Origen of Alexandria and Irenaeus of Lyons, go here.
If you’d like to discuss Athanasius of Alexandria, go here.
If you’d like to discuss Basil the Great, go here.
If you’d like to discuss Gregory of Nazianzus, go here.