"Activity and Manifestation: Gregory of Nyssa and Patristic Ecclesiology"
Dr. Lewis Ayres
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 PM
Meyer Science Center, Room 145
Those in the early church who are sometimes presented as "mystical," are not usually thought of as deeply concerned with the shape of the church as a human community. This lecture will show that this view is mistaken, taking an archetypal "mystical" text, Gregory of Nyssa's Homilies on the Song of Songs, and showing how they in fact offer a vision of Christians as both coming to know God acting in their own lives, and as used by God for the mutual encouragement and shaping of the body of Christ as a whole. This exploration should enable wider discussion about ways in which Patristic visions of the Christian community may stimulate our thinking today.
Dr. Lewis Ayres, Residential Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Catholic and Historical Theology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Ayres specializes in the study of early Christian theology, especially the history of Trinitatian theology and early Christian exegesis. His publications include Augustine and the Trinity (2010) and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Trinitarian Theology.