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Toward Community Beyond Gender Binaries: Gregory of Nyssa’s Transgendering as Part of his Transformative Eschatology

By Michael Nausner, 2002

In this article Nausner explores the concept of gender transcendence which he rephrases in terms of transgendering in the theology of Gregory of Nyssa. Nausner argues that such destabilizing of gender was not confined to the sacraments but present throughout the Christian life in Gregory’s thought. Gregory is presented as prefiguring the project of queer theory in rendering gender slippery and non-essential not least in his performance of his own masculinity.

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