Theology of the Gap

Cappadocian Language Theory and the Trinitarian Controversy

by Scot Douglass (Author)
©2005 Monographs XII, 290 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 235


Between the Councils of Nicaea (AD 325) and Constantinople (AD 381), the Trinitarian controversy turned on a heated and complex discourse about the possibility of discourse. Theology of the Gap examines how the Cappadocians initially turned to the limitations of language to defeat their Neo-Arian opponents, and discovered in the process the very resources for their own production of theology and the promotion of a certain style of Christian becoming. Scot Douglass uses insights from literary theory in order to re-open the gaps central to the Cappadocians’ construction of created reality, and also to map out the coherencies they forged between the diastemic and kinetic structures of creation, language, theology, truth, spirituality, and silence. In doing so, Douglass invites the reader not only to reconsider how diastemic epistemology works itself out in Cappadocian thought, but also how this register of the Cappadocian voice speaks to contemporary notions of post-Christian theology.


XII, 290
ISBN (Hardcover)
Theologische Erkenntnistheorie Kappadokier Trinitätslehre Geschichte 325-381 Cappadocian Basil the Great Trinitarian controversy Church Father Gregory of Nyssa
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XII, 290 pp.

Biographical notes

Scot Douglass (Author)

The Author: With degrees in Cellular Biology, Theology, and Comparative Literature, Scot Douglass is Assistant Professor in the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers and the Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Douglass has published several articles regarding the intersections of Cappadocian thought, literary theory, and spirituality. Theology of the Gap is the first installment of a three-part project exploring language, literature, and the desire for God.


Title: Theology of the Gap