Endurance and Resilience in Cyprian of Carthage and Gregory of Nazianzus

Domenico Accorinti

IIS “Galilei-Pacinotti”, Pisa, Italy , Italy

Abstract

As Clemens Sedmak and Małgorzata Bogaczyk-Vormayr point out in their introduction to Patristik und Resilienz (Berlin 2012), human resilience must be understood as the ability to change oneself in response to a crisis, and not to return to a starting point (Einleitung, 3). After an introductory part on the different meanings and aspects of resilience, this paper discusses some texts by Cyprian of Carthage (De mortalitate, Ad Demetrianum, De bono patientiae, De dominica oratione) and Gregory of Nazianzus (Or. 26, Ep. 223, 30-36, 92) that may be of some interest for the current discussion on resilience. Indeed, starting from the same eschatological perspective, both authors seem to share a dynamic notion of resilience, which is not a mere endurance of the adversity, but the ability to transform a negative situation into an existential resource.

 

Keywords:

resilience, plague, Cyprian of Carthage, Gregory of Nazianzus, endurance, Bible, Patristic, Eschatology, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Tertullian, Philagrius

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Published
2022-09-15


Accorinti, D. (2022). Endurance and Resilience in Cyprian of Carthage and Gregory of Nazianzus. Vox Patrum, 83, 109–140. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.13189

Domenico Accorinti  domenico.accorinti@gmail.com
IIS “Galilei-Pacinotti”, Pisa, Italy



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