- Title Pages
- The Joan Palevsky Imprint in Classical Literature
- Part One The Early Phase, 371–September 378: The Integrative Significance of the Body in the Life of Virtue
- 1 Marriage, Celibacy, and Pederasty
- 2 The Integration of the Virtues
- 3 Gregory’s Emerging Theory of Desire
- Part Two The Middle Phase, September 378–387: The Ascetical and Eschatological Mixture of Male and Female
- 4 A Worldly Life of Desire
- 5 The Death of Siblings
- 6 Doctrinal Controversies
- Part Three The Late Phase, 387–394: Erotic Intimacy with Christ and the Maturation of Desire
- 7 Spiritual Maturation
- 8 Male and Female
- (p.155) Conclusion
- Body and Desire
Raphael A. Cadenhead
- University of California Press
The conclusion provides a recapitulation of the salient concepts of Gregory’s ascetical theology to highlight its richest and most striking aspects. It ends with some brief closing suggestions on how these insights challenge the underlying presumptions of contemporary ethical discourse.
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