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Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome by George E. Demacopoulos

By George E. Demacopoulos

Gregory the nice (bishop of Rome from 590 to 604) is likely one of the most vital figures within the heritage of Christianity. His theological works framed medieval Christian attitudes towards mysticism, exegesis, and the position of the saints within the lifetime of the church. the dimensions of Gregory's administrative task in either the ecclesial and civic affairs of Rome additionally helped to make attainable the formation of the medieval papacy. Gregory disciplined malcontent clerics, negotiated with barbarian rulers, and oversaw the management of big estates that hired hundreds of thousands of staff. students have usually been confused by means of the 2 facets of Gregory—the monkish theologian and the calculating administrator. George E. Demacopoulos's research is the 1st to improve the argument that there's a transparent connection among the pontiff's proposal and his activities. by way of exploring designated elements of Gregory's ascetic theology, in which the summit of Christian perfection is considered by way of carrier to others, Demacopoulos argues that the very facets of Gregory's theology that made him detailed have been exactly the elements that based his responses to the sensible crises of his day. With a accomplished knowing of Christian background that resists the favourite bifurcation among Christian East and Christian West, Demacopoulos situates Gregory in the broader hobbies of Christianity and the Roman global that symbolize the shift from overdue antiquity to the early center a long time. This clean studying of Gregory's large theological and useful works underscores the newness and nuance of Gregory as philosopher and bishop.

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