Byzantine Gospel: Maximus the Confessor in Modern by Aidan Nichols

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7Q-HO. ,-p. B2. hat the regula fidei of sound doctrine ever ceases to guide the spiritual life, and if asked where itcan be found Maximus would reply: in the writings and sayings of the Fathers. Kata [OUS pateros is, Croce reports, one of his commonest phrases. But who are the Fathers? Basically, those great teaching bishops of the past whom the Church has approved - hoi enkritoi Pateres - and who are here identified in terms ora conventional choice of names in the discussion of Maxirnus' time.

5~1. ' Everything that \ve hold to be truth, Maximus goes all, is in reality a figure, shadow and image of the 'higher Logos'. " All in all, Croce makes it clear that. ·~/1axiI11US' hermeneutics are definitely a theology of biblical language. o a philosophy of what language Ina)' be. There is here a contrast between Maximus and his Cappadocian predecessor Gregory of Nyssa. heir deeper meaning when taken up in revelation. F' The Faitli of the Churcli In Maximus' theological criteriology, Fathers and Councils are inextricably combined: but since, to be authoritative sources, Ambigua 37 (PC "Tbid ..

Hin her life not what is singular, idion, but that is koinon, 'cornmon '. 7:~ Heresyfor Maximus is a negation of catholic C0111ITIUnion by misplaced particularity. " But what is heresy, and what orthodoxy? Maximus replies, the catholic, concordan t. 7:) Such apostolicity offaith has t\VO aspects: not only rnust what is believed and taught today in the Church be founded on the apostolic preaching, but the continuity of the apostolic faith with its conteruporary expression must. be established byway of those who, historically, provide for the Church a continuance of the apostolic succession.

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