The Dionysian Mystical Theology (Mapping the Tradition)

The Dionysian Mystical Theology (Mapping the Tradition)


The Dionysian Mystical Theology introduces the Pseudo-Dionysian "mystical theology," with glimpses at key levels in its interpretation and significant reception in the course of the centuries. partially one, the elusive Areopagite's personal miniature essay, The Mystical Theology, is quoted in its entirety, sentence via sentence, with observation. Its cryptic contents will be nearly impenetrable with out sensible connection with the remainder of the Dionysian corpus: The Divine Names, The Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, and the 10 Letters. Of certain value is the Dionysian use of negations in an "apophatic" theology that acknowledges the transcendence of God past human phrases and concepts.

Stages within the reception and critique of this Greek corpus and topic are sketched partially : first, the preliminary sixth-century creation and marginal reviews (Scholia) through John of Scythopolis; moment, the early Latin translation and statement by way of the ninth-century Carolingian Eriugena and the twelfth-century remark via the Parisian Hugh of St. Victor; and 3rd, the serious response and competition by means of Martin Luther within the Reformation. In end, the Dionysian apophatic is gifted along other kinds of adverse theology in gentle of contemporary and postmodern pursuits within the subject.

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