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Von Balthasar contrasts Nyssa’s epistemology with that of Zeno and the Stoics…  “Intelligence is . . . above all a possession, and, for the Stoics, the degrees of thought are identical to the degrees of force and energy used in grasping the object.”…

For Gregory…  We never conceptually possess the creation… “Human knowledge is therefore true only to the degree it renounces by a perpetual effort its own nature, which is to ‘seize’ its prey.”…

In place of the grasping epistemology of Zeno, Gregory offers an epistemology of wonder, a doxological epistemology, in which faith is “the only knowledge that conforms to our condition.”

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