Gregory of Nyssa
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Gregory of Nyssa

Cappadocian Father
Born     c. 335 Neocaesarea, Cappadocia
Died     c. 395 Nyssa, Cappadocia
Honored in     
                 Eastern Orthodoxy
                Oriental Orthodoxy
                Roman Catholicism
Canonized     Pre-congregation
          January 10 (Eastern Christianity)
          March 9 (Roman Catholicism)
          June 14, with Macrina (Lutheran Church)
          July 19, with Macrina (Anglican Communion)
Attributes     Vested as a bishop.
Gregory of Nyssa  also known as Gregory Nyssen was bishop of Nyssa from 372 to 376, and from 378 until his death. He is venerated as a saint in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Lutheranism and Anglicanism. Gregory, his brother Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus are collectively known as the Cappadocian Fathers
Gregory lacked the administrative ability of his brother Basil, or the contemporary influence of Gregory of Nazianzus, but was an erudite theologian who made significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene creed. Gregory's philosophical writings were influenced by Origen, and he is generally considered to have believed in universal salvation. Since the mid-twentieth century, there has been a significant increase in interest in Gregory's works from the academic community, which has resulted in challenges to many traditional interpretations of his theology.

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