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Man and the Cosmos : Vision of St.Maximus the Confessor - Lars Thunberg

Man and the Cosmos

Vision of St.Maximus the Confessor

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An introduction to the life and work of Maximus the Confessor (ca. 580-662), focusing on his thought concerning the cosmos, the nature of man and his relationship with God, christology, the liturgical and sacramental dimension, history and eschatology.

Forewordp. 7
Maximus the Confessor in His Own Time: A Biographical Introductionp. 11
The Historical Setting of Maximus the Confessorp. 12
The Personal Biography of Maximusp. 16
Maximus as a Personality of his Timep. 21
His Conversion to Monastic Life and his Attitude as a Monkp. 21
His Development and his Insistence on the Duality of Wills in Christ the Saviorp. 23
His Evaluation of the Bishop of Rome as a Defender of the Doctrine of the Churchp. 25
His Lifestyle and his Literary Stylep. 27
The Trinitarian Dimension of Maximus's Theologyp. 31
Trinitarian Theology in Maximus's Own Timep. 33
Maximus's Mystical Theology of the Divine Trinityp. 36
The "Economic" Trinity in Maximusp. 39
The Trinity and the Cosmosp. 43
The Trinity and the Constitution of Manp. 46
The Soteriological Dimensionp. 51
Two Introductory Remarksp. 51
The Position of Man Who Requires Saving Actionp. 55
The Happy State of Man as Created in the Image of Godp. 59
Christ the Savior as Soteriological Agentp. 65
The Theandric Dimensionp. 71
Man's Microcosmic Constitution as an Anticipatory Sign of God's Incarnationp. 73
The Triple Embodiment in the World as a Manifestation of the Permanent Divine Will to Become Incarnatep. 75
The Fivefold Mediation of Man as a Perfect Realization of the Theandric Dimension of the Universep. 80
The First Mediation: Between the Sexesp. 81
The Second Mediation: Between Paradise and the Inhabited Worldp. 83
The Third Mediation: Between Heaven and Earthp. 85
The Fourth Mediation: Between the Intelligible and the Sensiblep. 87
The Fifth Mediation: Between God and His Creationp. 88
The Natural-Social Dimensionp. 93
The Dual Commandment of Love and the Crisis of the Passions in Manp. 94
Correspondence and Noncorrespondence Between Vices and Virtuesp. 97
Charity: The Supreme Factor of Integrationp. 101
Charity as the Inclusive Summit of the Virtuesp. 101
Charity-Faith-Hopep. 104
Knowledge and Charityp. 106
Divine Embodiment in Human Virtuesp. 108
The Liturgical and Sacramental Dimensionp. 113
The Church as a Figure of Godp. 116
The Church as an Image of the Worldp. 118
The Church as Man and Man as Churchp. 122
The Church as an Image of the Human Soulp. 123
Further Reflections on Maximus's Theologyp. 131
The Principles or Ideas of Creation and Natural Science Todayp. 132
Maximus and the Role of the Uncreated Energies in Palamismp. 137
Eschatology and Mystical Unionp. 144
Symbol and Mystery in st Maximusp. 149
Basic Aspects of the Problemp. 151
"Symbolist" or "Realist" in the View of the Scholarsp. 156
The Position of the Areopagitep. 157
"Communion" Through the Scripturesp. 159
"Gnostic" and Sacramental Communionp. 166
Analysis of the Key Textsp. 167
The Question of the "Worthy" Receiverp. 171
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780881410198
ISBN-10: 0881410195
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.23