Man and the Cosmos: The Vision of St. Maximus the Confessor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881410198
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Chapter 1 Maximus the Confessor in His Own Time: A Biographical Introduction 11
The Historical Setting of Maximus the Confessor 12
The Personal Biography of Maximus 16
Maximus as a Personality of his Time 21
His Conversion to Monastic Life and his Attitude as a Monk 21
His Development and his Insistence on the Duality of Wills in Christ the Savior 23
His Evaluation of the Bishop of Rome as a Defender of the Doctrine of the Church 25
His Lifestyle and his Literary Style 27
Chapter 2 The Trinitarian Dimension of Maximus's Theology 31
Trinitarian Theology in Maximus's Own Time 33
Maximus's Mystical Theology of the Divine Trinity 36
The "Economic" Trinity in Maximus 39
The Trinity and the Cosmos 43
The Trinity and the Constitution of Man 46
Chapter 3 The Soteriological Dimension 51
Two Introductory Remarks 51
The Position of Man Who Requires Saving Action 55
The Happy State of Man as Created in the Image of God 59
Christ the Savior as Soteriological Agent 65
Chapter 4 The Theandric Dimension 71
Man's Microcosmic Constitution as an Anticipatory Sign of God's Incarnation 73
The Triple Embodiment in the World as a Manifestation of the Permanent Divine Will to Become Incarnate 75
The Fivefold Mediation of Man as a Perfect Realization of the Theandric Dimension of the Universe 80
The First Mediation: Between the Sexes 81
The Second Mediation: Between Paradise and the Inhabited World 83
The Third Mediation: Between Heaven and Earth 85
The Fourth Mediation: Between the Intelligible and the Sensible 87
The Fifth Mediation: Between God and His Creation 88
Chapter 5 The Natural-Social Dimension 93
The Dual Commandment of Love and the Crisis of the Passions in Man 94
Correspondence and Noncorrespondence Between Vices and Virtues 97
Charity: The Supreme Factor of Integration 101
Charity as the Inclusive Summit of the Virtues 101
Charity-Faith-Hope 104
Knowledge and Charity 106
Divine Embodiment in Human Virtues 108
Chapter 6 The Liturgical and Sacramental Dimension 113
The Church as a Figure of God 116
The Church as an Image of the World 118
The Church as Man and Man as Church 122
The Church as an Image of the Human Soul 123
Chapter 7 Further Reflections on Maximus's Theology 131
The Principles or Ideas of Creation and Natural Science Today 132
Maximus and the Role of the Uncreated Energies in Palamism 137
Eschatology and Mystical Union 144
Appendix Symbol and Mystery in st Maximus 149
Basic Aspects of the Problem 151
"Symbolist" or "Realist" in the View of the Scholars 156
The Position of the Areopagite 157
"Communion" Through the Scriptures 159
"Gnostic" and Sacramental Communion 166
Analysis of the Key Texts 167
The Question of the "Worthy" Receiver 171
Bibliography 174
Index 179
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