Date of Award

Spring 1969

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sheets, M.

Second Advisor

Kelly, William J.

Third Advisor

Sullivan, William J.


Modern patristic scholars have come more and more to appreciate the depth and insight of Gregory of Nyssa who was the speculative giant among the Cappadocian Fathers. Evaluative studies on Gregory's work touch on his philosophy, the influence of Origen, his mystical writings, his theology of Christ and of the Trinity. These fields represent the major preoccupations or Gregory. In no extant work does he develop an ecclesiology as such. This thesis represents an attempt to cull from Gregory's theological, ascetical and mystical writings available in English translation those passages which reflect his understanding of the Church.