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Andrew Louth examines all the traditions on which Denys' work draws: the Fourth Century Greek theologians, pagan philosophy and Syrian Christian thought. The corpus of Denys the Areopagite appeared in the sixth century and have since been deeply influential on Christian thinking both in East and West. Who their author was remains a mystery but in this book Professor Louth Andrew Louth examines all the traditions on which Denys' work draws: the Fourth Century Greek theologians, pagan philosophy and Syrian Christian thought.

Andrew Louth examines all the traditions on which Denys' work draws: the Fourth Century Greek theologians, pagan philosophy and Syrian Christian thought

Andrew Louth examines all the traditions on which Denys' work draws: the Fourth Century Greek theologians, pagan philosophy and Syrian Christian thought.

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Andrew Louth, one of the most respected authorities on Orthodoxy, introduces us to twenty key thinkers from the .

Andrew Louth, one of the most respected authorities on Orthodoxy, introduces us to twenty key thinkers from the last two centuries. He begins with the Philokalia, the influential Orthodox collection published in 1782 which marked so many subsequent writers. The colorful characters, poets and thinkers who populate this book range from Romania, Serbia, Greece, England, France and also include exiles from Communist Russia. Louth offers historical and biographical sketches that help us understand the thought and impact of these men and women

Andrew Louth FBA (born 1944) is an emeritus professor of patristic and Byzantine studies in the Department of Theology and Religion of Durham University. Louth has been at Durham University since 1996.

Andrew Louth FBA (born 1944) is an emeritus professor of patristic and Byzantine studies in the Department of Theology and Religion of Durham University. Previously he taught at the University of Oxford (mostly patristics) and at Goldsmiths' College in Byzantine and early medieval history. He is a fellow of the British Academy and was a member of the British Academy Council from 2011 to 2014. He was President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (2009–10).

This book explores and explains the enduring influence of some of the world's greatest modern theologians. Andrew Louth then considers the contributions of the second generation Russians – Evdokimov, Meyendorff, Schmemann – and the theologians of Greece from the sixties onwards – Zizioulas, Yannaras, and others, as well as influential monks and spiritual elders, especially Fr Sophrony of the monastery in Essex and his mentor, St Silouan.

Andrew Louth examines all the traditions on which Denys' work draws: the Fourth Century Greek theologians, pagan philosophy and Syrian Christian thought. The corpus of Denys the Areopagite appeared in the sixth century and have since been deeply influential on Christian thinking both in East and West. Who their author was remains a mystery but in this book Professor Louth documents and comments on his compelling vision of the beauty of God's world and his revelation, together with his profound awareness of the ultimate mystery of the unknowable God who utterly transcends all being.

  • BeatHoWin
Great little book!
  • Ndlaitha
Denys the Areopagite is the author attributed to a modest corpus of writings whose influence on Christian thought and spirituality cannot be under-estimated. To a certain extent, the statement by Whitehead that all philosophy is a footnote to Plato might be applied to Dionysius - all Christian spirituality is a footnote to Denys. This might seem extreme, but any serious student of Christian theology and spirituality will soon become familiar with the Areopagite's writings.

Who the actual writer was is a mystery. He was probably an Eastern Christian monk and theologian (possibly a churchman or a Bishop) living in Syria in the late 4th/5th century A.D. While we know nothing about the writer himself, he was clearly a theological genius of the highest order and he also managed to synthesize so many currents of Christian and pagan thought into such a remarkable system, his intelligence and deep contemplative bent cannot be doubted. What is clear is that two streams of thought converged for Dionysius - firstly, the Greek Neo-Platonic tradition as exemplified in Plotinus, Proclus and Iamblichus, and the Greek Christian tradition, as exemplified by Origen, the Cappadocians, and Evagrius of Pontus. Both systems emphasized an infinite, incomprehensible and unknowable First Principle that creates the world out of sheer goodness and plenitude of Being, combined with a complex dialectic between 'exit' or 'creation' or 'emanation' from the First Principle, the current journey of return, and the eventual 'deification' of creation as it returns like a river going to the sea (a common image to both traditions).

Denys uses this vast framework to create a 'cosmological' liturgical/mystical theology, which includes the various economies of creation, salvation and redemption, combined with a central focus on deification, as mediated by the church and contemplative prayer. Denys's system has been far more influential in the Orthodox and Eastern version of Christianity, where to this day St Denys is celebrated as a great Orthodox saint and theologian of the church, even though most Orthodox theologians accept 'Denys' is not a disciple of St Paul (as he claims in his writings).

His reception in the West has been somewhat more mixed, especially since the Reformation. The magisterial Reformers denounced Denys as something of a heterodox thinker (Luther remarked there was too much pagan Platonism in his thought) and Calvin thought his speculations were due to his imagination than divine inspiration. Catholics have also been more critical of him in recent times, claiming his apophatic views about God are not compatible with the doctrine God's essence can be seen and understood (at least in heaven) and his theology of the Incarnation seems to be Monophysite.

I must leave readers to come to their own conclusions. This summary though of Denys's thought by Andrew Louth, an Orthodox priest and theologian, should help those interested in Denys to better understand his theology.
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