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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth : An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters - Pavel Florensky

The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters

By: Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim (Translator), Richard F. Gustafson (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 21st March 2004
ISBN: 9780691117676
Number Of Pages: 624

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Pavel Florensky--certainly the greatest Russian theologian of the last century--is now recognized as one of Russia's greatest polymaths. Known as the Russian Leonardo da Vinci, he became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artistic, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested briefly by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of corrective labor in Siberia. There he continued his scientific work and ministered to his fellow prisoners until his death four years later. This volume is the first English translation of his rich and fascinating defense of Russian Orthodox theology.

Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of twelve letters to a "brother" or "friend," who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to Florensky's work is an exploration of the various meanings of Christian love, which is viewed as a combination of "philia" (friendship) and "agape" (universal love). Florensky is perhaps the first modern writer to explore the so-called "same-sex unions," which, for him, are not sexual in nature. He describes the ancient Christian rites of the "adelphopoiesis" (brother-making), joining male friends in chaste bonds of love. In addition, Florensky is one of the first thinkers in the twentieth century to develop the idea of the Divine Sophia, who has become one of the central concerns of feminist theologians.

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"Recommended with enthusiasm... The reader's investment will be repaid many times over."--Patrick Henry Reardon, Books & Culture "Jakim has provided a thoughtful and accurate translation... Bringing a project like this to completion is a monumental achievement."--Steven Cassedy, Russian Review

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Translation
The Pillar and Ground of the Truth
To the Readerp. 5
Letter One: Two Worldsp. 10
Letter Two: Doubtp. 14
Letter Three: Triunityp. 39
Letter Four: The Light of the Truthp. 53
Letter Five: The Comforterp. 80
Letter Six: Contradictionp. 106
Letter Seven: Sinp. 124
Letter Eight: Gehennap. 151
Letter Nine: Creationp. 190
Letter Ten: Sophiap. 231
Letter Eleven: Friendshipp. 284
Letter Twelve: Jealousyp. 331
Afterwordp. 344
Clarification and Proof of Certain Particulars Assumed in the Text to Be Already Proved
Certain Concepts from the Theory of Infinityp. 351
A Problem of Lewis Carroll and the Question of Dogmap. 355
Irrationalities in Mathematics and Dogmap. 359
The Concept of Identity in Scholastic Philosophyp. 365
The Concept of Identity in Mathematical Logicp. 368
Time and Fatep. 375
The Heart and Its Significance in the Spiritual Life of Man According to Scripturep. 378
An Icon of the Annunciation with Cosmic Symbolismp. 381
On the Methodology of the Historical Critiquep. 384
The Turquois Environment of Sophia and the Symbolism of Sky-Blue and Dark-Bluep. 390
Pascal's "Amulet"p. 407
On the History of the Term "Antinomy"p. 411
Estheticism and Religionp. 413
Homotypy in the Structure of the Human Bodyp. 415
Remarks on Trinityp. 420
The Basic Symbols and Elementary Formulas of Symbolic Logic (for reference)p. 425
Notes and Brief Commentsp. 427
Notesp. 429
Clarification of Certain Symbols and Drawingsp. 589
Indexp. 591
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ISBN: 9780691117676
ISBN-10: 0691117675
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 21st March 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.85