Dr. Susan Eapen wrote: Paulose Mar Gregorios Thirumeni was
interpreting the theology of St Gregory of Nyassa of
Cappadocian/Greek Church- 4th Century) or St Gregory of Niazen
(There are 2 and I am no theologian)or some such. They are all
essentially part of our tradition. The book was too technical for
lay persons like us and may not have been written for us.
Here is what Gregorios thirumeni wrote about this book in his
"My doctoral dissertation submitted to Serampore University was
published in 1980 by Sophia Publications, New Delhi, under the title
Cosmic Man. It dealt with the relation between God, Humanity and
World in the 4th century Eastern Christian Father St. Gregory of
Nyssa. It was later republished under the same title in 1988 by
Paragon, New York. It is a work that I had expected to be well
received, but that has not been the case. I hope it will be studied
more seriously by people in the future, for it deals with one of the
fundamental problems of Christian Theism. People who believe in God
often simply take it for granted that God, Humanity and World are
three entities, while Gregory of Nyssa had already seen the
philosophical problem of seeing the Creator and the Creation as two
entities distinct from each other. The Hindu Advaita Vedantin's
point was recognized as basically sound and legitimate, though
formulated and explained differently, by this ancient Asian writer
from Cappadocia in Asia Minor (present day Turkey). Gregory of Nyssa
lived and wrote three or four centuries before Sankara in India."
A summary of the main ideas of this book can be read in a paper by
I would advice anyone
to read this paper first before reading the book.
I was fortunate to obtain a copy of this book in 1984, and I have
read it several times during the past 22 years. I do not claim to
have understood everything in it, but I have tried to understand it
as much as I can. In 1990, I happened to write an introduction to
this book along with another book called Cosmic Code.
John Kunnathu, Houston TX