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Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God$
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Donna Bowman and Clayton Crockett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823238958

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.001.0001

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Solar Energy: Theophany and the Theopoetics of Light in Gregory of Nyssa

Solar Energy: Theophany and the Theopoetics of Light in Gregory of Nyssa

(p.42) Chapter 3 Solar Energy: Theophany and the Theopoetics of Light in Gregory of Nyssa
Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

T. Wilson Dickinson

Fordham University Press

This chapter seeks to complement, challenge, and transform the instrumental and engineered efforts that are currently being employed to address looming ecological catastrophes with the ancient disciplines of philosophy and theology. By exploring the writings of the late ancient theologian and philosopher Gregory of Nyssa, it proposes that the performances of his seemingly abstract texts might serve the larger pedagogical purpose of transforming how his readers look at creation. Instead of looking at the earth as a standing reserve of usable material or theology as the formulation of a static system, the chapter proposes that the intertwining of idea and image, of theory and practice in Gregory's writings can provide a vision of reverent and humble creativity. Drawing a connection between the English word “energy” and the Greek “energeia,” it harnesses the alternative energy of the renewable resource of the theopoetics of light.

Keywords:   Gregory of Nyssa, theopoetics, creation, creativity, philosophical exercises

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