Microcosm and Mediator: The Theological Anthropology of Maximus the Confessor / Edition 2

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Overview

One of the outstanding Christian thinkers of all time, Maximus the Confessor (ca. 580-662) exerted a powerful formative influence on the Church when it was still one and undivided. Maximus left his stamp on Christianity as it is now recognized by all three broad streams of Christian faith: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Yet for centuries the detailed study of Maximus's writings was neglected. The first edition of Thunberg's Microcosm and Mediator (1965) helped to transform this situation of indifference into one of intense interest in Maximus and the subtleties of his thinking. This new edition has been revised and expanded, with updated references and bibliographies. The focus of Microcosm and Mediator is Maximus's anthropology, his highly developed general reflections on human nature. Maximus understands man as, not only a being - a microcosm - who reflects the constitution of the created universe, but also as a being - a mediator - created in the image of God, whose task it is, in Christ, to reconcile the spiritual and the sensible into one homogeneous unity.
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Maximus (ca. 480-662) had a powerful influence on the early church that is still felt in Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant streams. Here the focus is on his general reflections concerning human nature. He considered Man (and so he discussed) to be both a microcosm that reflected the whole of creation, and a mediator charged to reconcile the spiritual and sensible into a single whole. Revised and expanded from the 1965 edition, and provided with updated references and bibliographies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812692112
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 1,116,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Christological Background 21
Ch. 2 The Cosmological Context 49
Ch. 3 Maximus' Anthropology in General 95
Ch. 4 Some Elements of Maximus' Psychology 169
Ch. 5 Establishing the Microcosm 231
Ch. 6 Performing the Task of Mediation 331
Conclusions 433
Bibliography 437
A. Texts and translations 437
B. Literature 446
List of abbreviations 464
Index of Passages 469
Index of Names 483
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