Category Archives: Maximus the Confessor

There are no pure bodies: The monotheistic spiritual naturalism of Anne Conway, part 2

[… continued from last post] ◊ Hutton, Sarah, Anne Conway : A Woman Philosopher (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).  I referred to this book in my entry for David Byrne, whose work is in many ways comparable.  Both authors have … Continue reading

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There are no pure bodies: The monotheistic spiritual naturalism of Anne Conway, part 1

The books I was waiting for, re: Anne Conway, have all arrived and I’ve been reading from them diligently.  By happenstance my discovery of Conway coincided with my receiving a “bonus” from my employer, and this enabled me to buy, … Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Larchet on Maximus the Confessor: Were the righteous of the Old Covenant able to be divinized?

[I mentioned Jean-Claude Larchet and his book La divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (The Divinization of Man According to Saint Maximus the Confessor) in a prior post.  Historically, divinization (theosis) has been a more important idea in … Continue reading

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A question of theology: “If I make it to heaven, will my pet(s) be there too?”

[A Border terrier puppy we bred.] Clearly, people can have an unhealthy attachment to their pets, to the extent that they allow their relationships with them to take precedence over their relationships with people.  On the other hand one shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Rays of goodness shining on wax

[A solar wax melter.] In chapter 12 of the first century of his Chapters on Knowledge (as translated by George C. Berthold), St. Maximus the Confessor writes: God is the sun of justice, as it is written, who shines rays … Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Larchet on Maximus the Confessor: The entitative dimension of the virtues

I’ve mentioned the seventh-century monk Maximus the Confessor only twice here before.  But my lack of referrals to him should not be taken to mean that he is not important to me, or that I don’t frequently go back to … Continue reading

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Maximus the Confessor, on the trees of Paradise

If his interpretation of the trees of Paradise was central for Shestov, to the point that it informed practically all of his writing, curiously, the same was not the case for the Church Fathers.  So says Lars Thunberg in his … Continue reading

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