David Bentley Hart discusses Gregory of Nyssa - Part 1

People all over the world are rediscovering the great 4th century theologian, Gregory of Nyssa.  David Bentley Hart is an unabashed admirer of the great Cappadocian Father calling him the most innovative theologian of the early church. In this first of three interviews on Gregory’s thought and influence, David introduces us to Gregory and explains why he was the so-called ‘pillar of orthodoxy’ and yet was also a thinker who took the gospel into the widest realm of any of the church fathers.  Along the way, Tony and David compare Gregory with Coleridge, and explore the poetic eloquence which distinguished Gregory. They dive in some detail into Gregory’s masterpiece, “On the Making of Humanity” and David explains just how Gregory did nothing more profound than invent a new Christ centred anthropology – and cosmology – that rocked the ancient world.

David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart is a prolific essayist and theologian. His translation of the New Testament published in 2017 has generated much interest and has been generally well received. As a follower of Eastern Orthodoxy he has written much against the rise of atheism. He is regarded as one of the 21st century's leading theologians.

Tony Golsby-Smith

Big Ideas in Little Pictures - Wholes before Parts

Exploring humanity’s mysterious ability to create wholes from parts and Gregory says about the mind of God in creating ex nihilo; that God created all humanity in one ‘man’.
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Tony Golsby-Smith

Big Ideas in Little Pictures - The End before the Beginning

Here is the first of our series of ‘Big Ideas in Little Pictures’. My aim was to take some of the more profound ideas in the talks with David Hart and package them in accessible sketches.
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Tony Golsby-Smith

Big Ideas in Little Pictures - Introduction

This first talk introduces the framework for the following talks, and makes the case that we can use our human experience of creative thinking to understand – or begin to understand – the mystery of God’s act of creation ex nihilo
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David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart discusses Gregory of Nyssa - Part 3

Our third talk with David Bentley Hart. The towering genius of Augustine casts a long and too often dark shadow over western Christianity.
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