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Gregory of Nyssa : THE MAKING OF MAN

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What we must answer to those who raise the question-"if procreation is after sin, how would souls have came into being if the first of mankind had remained sinless"


Τί χρὴ λέγειν πρὸς τοὺς ἐπαποροῦντας͵ εἰ μετὰ τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ἡ παιδοποιΐα͵ πῶς ἂν ἐγένοντο αἱ ψυχαί͵ εἰ ἀναμάρτητοι διέμειναν οἱ ἐξ ἀρχῆς ἄνθρωποι

That our irrational passions have their rise from kindred with irrational nature


Ὅτι τὰ ἄλογα ἐν ἡμῖν πάθη ἐκ τῆς πρὸς τὴν ἄλογον φύσιν συγγενείας τὰς ἀφορμὰς ἔχει

To those who say that the enjoyment of the good things we look for will again consist in meat and drink, because it is written that by these means man at first lived in paradise


Πρὸς τοὺς λέγοντας͵ πάλιν ἐν βρώσει καὶ ἐν πόσει εἶναι τῶν ἐλπιζομένων ἀγαθῶν τὴν ἀπόλαυσιν͵ διὰ τὸ ἐξ ἀρχῆς ἐν τῷ παραδείσῳ γεγράφθαι διὰ τούτων τὸν ἄνθρωπον ζῇν

What was the life in paradise, and what was the forbidden tree


Τίς ἡ ἐν τῷ παραδείσῳ ζωὴ καὶ τί τὸ ἀπηγορευμένον ξύλον

That the resurrection is looked for as a consequence, not so much from the declaration of scripture as from the very necessity of things


Ὅτι ἡ ἀνάστασις οὐ τοσοῦτον ἐκ τοῦ κηρύγματος τοῦ Γραφικοῦ͵ ὅσον ἐξ αὐτῆς τῆς ἀνάγκης τῶν πραγμάτων ἀκολούθως ἐλπίζεται

To those who say, "if the resurrection is a thing excellent and good, how is it that it has not happened already, but is hoped far in some periods of time?"


Πρὸς τοὺς λέγοντας͵ εἰ καλόν τι καὶ ἀγαθὸν ἡ ἀνάστασις͵ τί οὐχὶ ἤδη γέγονεν͵ ἀλλὰ χρόνων τισὶ περιόδοις ἐλπίζεται

That he who confesses the beginning of the world's existence must necessarily also agree as to its end


Ὅτι ὁ τὴν ἀρχὴν τῆς τοῦ κόσμου συστάσεως ὁμολογῶν͵ ἀναγκαίως καὶ περὶ τοῦ τέλους συνθήσεται

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