Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the by Hans Urs Von Balthasar

By Hans Urs Von Balthasar

Maximus the Confessor, saint and martyr, is the theologian of synthesis: of Rome and Byzantium, of antiquity and the center a long time, reexcavating the nice treasures of Christian culture, which at the moment have been buried by way of imperial and ecclesial censure. Von Balthasar used to be an expert at the Church Fathers--Irenaeus, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and primarily, Maximus the Confessor. This masterpiece on Maximus broke new flooring at the moment. this is often the 1st English translation of the newest version of this acclaimed paintings. This booklet provides a robust, appealing, religiously compelling portrait of the idea of a huge Christian theologian who may possibly, for this e-book, have remained in simple terms an imprecise identify within the handbooks of patrology. the following the heritage of theology has develop into itself a manner of theological mirrored image.

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It also gave him the means for overcoming the "emanationism" ofPseudo-Dionysius: the Aristotelian and Stoic conception of the concrete universal (XU80AOU), which is, ultimately, also proper to Neoplatonism. In place of a merely temporary world, made for dissolution, such as is suggested in Origen and even-gently-in Pseudo-Dionysius by the Neoplatonic rhythm of the divine being's radiation and return, diastole and systole, Maximus envisages a naturally lasting cosmos as the supporting ground for all supernatural divinization.

The Five Hundr ed Chapters; PG 90, 1177-1392. These we re first shown by Wilhelm Soppa to be a compilation of genuine w orks of Maximus (the Quaestiones ad Thalassium, Ambigua , and Scholia o n Pseudo-Dionysius), along w ith some cer tainly inauthentic scholia on th e Quaestiones ad Thalassium , which may be by Mi ch ael Psellos; th e w hole work was put together in the eleventh centu ry, probably by Antonios M elissa. See Di e D iversa Capita unter den Sthrift en des hl . , Dresden, 1922) ; th e same co ncl usion w as reached ind ep endentl y, and w ith some further development, by M .

Maximus was transferred to Bizya in Thrace and underwent a second trial, aimed at persuading him to negotiate with Rome in Constantinople's interests. The old man at first welcomed his captors' feigned willingness to change direction, but as he came to see its lack of substance, he held to his own convictions. He was abused, spit upon, and sentenced to a second exile in Mesembria. Mter a final trial in 662, the old man-now eighty-two-and his companions were scourged, their "blaspheming tongues" were cut out from their roots, and their right hands were cut off The companions were scattered; Maximus was sent to Lazia, on the east coast of the Black Sea.

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