Pillar and Ground of the Truth An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters

ISBN-10: 0691117675
ISBN-13: 9780691117676
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $67.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

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 ofphilia(friendship) andagape(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 theadelphopoiesis(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.

Boris Jakim is an experienced translator of Russian religious thought. In addition to Florensky's work, he has translated the works of S. L. Frank, Vladimir Solovyov, and Sergius Bulgakov. He is also cotranslator of Ivan Goncharov's novel The Precipice.

Translator's
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Translation
The Pillar and Ground of the Truth
To the Reader
Letter One: Two Worlds
Letter Two: Doubt
Letter Three: Triunity
Letter Four: The Light of the Truth
Letter Five: The Comforter
Letter Six: Contradiction
Letter Seven: Sin
Letter Eight: Gehenna
Letter Nine: Creation
Letter Ten: Sophia
Letter Eleven: Friendship
Letter Twelve: Jealousy
Afterword
Clarification and Proof of Certain Particulars Assumed in the Text to Be Already Proved
Certain Concepts from the Theory of Infinity
A Problem of Lewis Carroll and the Question of Dogma
Irrationalities in Mathematics and Dogma
The Concept of Identity in Scholastic Philosophy
The Concept of Identity in Mathematical Logic
Time and Fate
The Heart and Its Significance in the Spiritual Life of Man According to Scripture
An Icon of the Annunciation with Cosmic Symbolism
On the Methodology of the Historical Critique
The Turquois Environment of Sophia and the Symbolism of Sky-Blue and Dark-Blue
Pascal's "Amulet"
On the History of the Term "Antinomy"
Estheticism and Religion
Homotypy in the Structure of the Human Body
Remarks on Trinity
The Basic Symbols and Elementary Formulas of Symbolic Logic (for reference)
Notes and Brief Comments
Notes
Clarification of Certain Symbols and Drawings
Index

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