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Plato's Timaeus | Septuagint Genesis

The Making of Man by Gregory of Nyssa

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ET me tell you then why the Creator made this world of generation. He was good, and the good can never have any jealousy of anything. And being free from jealousy, He desired that all things should be as like Himself as they could be


ND GOD said, Let us make man according to our image and likeness. And God made man; according to the image of God he made him. And God saw all the things that he had made, and, behold, they were very good


INCE THE NATURE of our mind, which is the likeness of the Creator evades our knowledge, it has an accurate resemblance to the superior nature, figuring by its own unknowableness the incomprehensible Nature of God. Our material part holds together, and is upheld when it is controlled by nature; and on the other hand is dissolved and disorganized when it is separated from that which upholds and sustains it, and is dissevered from its conjunction with beauty and goodness. When the trumpet of the resurrection sounds, which awakens the dead, and transforms those who are left in life, after the likeness of those who have undergone the resurrection change, at once to incorruptibility, the weight of the flesh is no longer heavy, nor does its burden hold them down to earth, but they rise aloft through the air; for we shall be caught up, the Apostle tells us, in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord...

The Making of Man

    What is it that the word Physis says?

   Lexically it means phyein, growing. But what is the meaning of phyein? Does it mean only growth of quantity, that something becomes something more and bigger? ... Greeks did not begin to learn what physis is through the natural phenomena, but on the contrary: through a foundational poetic and noetic experience of Being, there opened before them what they will call physis. It was only through this opening that they could see also nature in the narrow sense. That way, then, physis, in the primary and original sense, means as much the sky as the earth, as much the stone as also the plants, as much the animals as man and human history as a work of men and of Gods, finally and above all it means Gods themselves with their destiny.

From Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics

    Closely related:

     HESIOD : In the beginning was Nothing, Five Generations of MenORPHICA : Everything was generated by Love, From man you became GodANAXIMANDER : The limitless limitsXENOPHANES : God is totally differentHERACLITUS : The Word is CommonPARMENIDES : Being is all there isEMPEDOCLES : The SphereANAXAGORAS, NousSOPHOCLES : Oedipus' ascension, Nothing more wonderful and frightening than man,  PLATO, Ways to Hades, The Real World, Motions of the universe, A nature of wondrous beauty, Becoming like God, Birth in good and beautyARISTOTLE : God, Divine thought, Nature, Substance of the elements, Knowledge of principles and causes, The most certain principle, OneCLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA : O the perfect child!PLOTINUS : The soul's movement will be about its sourceGREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : God with Gods is being united, Unity found its rest in Trinity, God is a God of the presentBASIL THE GREAT : A likeness of eternity, Do not search for a substance without qualitiesGREGORY OF NYSSA : The Mystery of the Cross, Christ is always born in our soul, Everything shares in the Beautiful, Everything that is free will be united with virtuePROCLUS : Divine TruthDIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE : All-comprehending Smallness and Super-essential IdentityMAXIMUS CONFESSOR : God is Thinking, He divided wisely the ages, Nothing is empty of the Holy SpiritERIGENA, By His seeing and running all things are madeSYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN : When shall the Day of the Lord come?, Becoming invisible and suddenly appearing, Holy Communion, Don't put yourself in despairNICHOLAS CABASILAS : The old and the new Adam,  MEISTER ECKHART, Entirely within, entirely without,  NICOLAUS CUSANUS, Incorruptible certainty of mathematical signsHOELDERLIN, The God is near, and hard to graspRILKE, Ein Wehn im Gott 

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