Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition From Plato to Denys

ISBN-10: 0199291403
ISBN-13: 9780199291403
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Andrew Louth
List price: $55.00
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. Andrew Louth aims to redress the balance. Recognizing that the intellectual form of this tradition was decisively influenced by Platonic ideas of the soul's relationship to God, Louth begins with an examination of Plato and Platonism. The discussion of the Fathers which follows shows how the mystical tradition is at the heart of their thought and how the dogmatic tradition both moulds and is the reflection of mystical insights and concerns. This new edition of a classic study of the diverse influences upon Christian spirituality includes a new Epilogue which brings the text completely up to date.

Andrew Louth is professor emeritus of patristic and Byzantine studies at Durham University, England, and visiting professor of Eastern Orthodox theology at the Amsterdam Centre of Eastern Orthodox Theology (ACEOT), in the Faculty of Theology, the Free University, Amsterdam. He is also a priest of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchate), serving the parish in Durham. His recent publications include Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology (SPCK), Greek East and Latin West, AD 681-1071 (St Vladimir's Seminary Press), Maximus the Confessor (Routledge) and The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition (OUP).

Introduction
Plato
Philo
Plotinus
Origen
Nicene Orthodoxy
Athanasius
Gregory of Nyssa
The Monastic Contribution
Evagrius of Pontus
The Macarian Homilies
Diadochus of Photice
Augustine
Denys the Areopagite
Patristic Mysticism and St. John of the Cross
Divine Darkness and the Dark Night
The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body
Platonism and Mysticism
The Communion of Saints
Afterword (2006)
Bibliography
Extra Bibliography
Index

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