Byzantine Gospel: Maximus the Confessor in Modern by Aidan Nichols

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O Providence, by which, in Cod, there takes place the recapitulation of all that he has made. This is the mystery which circumscribes all the ages, and manifests the great. \ ad Th alassium (lO (PC ~)O, ()~OC). Vittorio Croce on Maximus' Theological Method 31 will of Cod, who is beyond the infinite, who is infinitely prc-existen t to the ages, whose proclaimer was the Logos, divine by essence, when he made himselfman. Thus was made evident, if! lllay speak so, the same revealed depths of the Father's goodness, and the end, for which all things received the beginning of their being, was shown for what it is.

Vhat. of Max irnus' method in his sjJirilua{\vritings ,,'here-. gi\'en the subject matter - these approaches characteristic of ~ dogmatic theology are scarcely serviceable? Though there can . ages can be ide n tificd. [VIall's firsttask must be the overcoming of his disordered passions, not abolishing the rn so rn U c has dis c i P 1i 11i n g the In, S II bj e c till g the 'concupisciblc' and 'irascible' aspects of the soul to reason. In the second place, such 'active philosophy' leads one, via the virtues, to 'contemplate creatures in such a way that they disclose their logoi, which are simultaneouslythe 'reasons' for which they exist and their relationship toCod as their beginning and end.

Microcosm and "-\/nLi{llm. \ thr Confessor (Lund 19(5), pp. ~'F>1-:U~l: vidr: infra. pp. IIIV. Croce, Traduione e iirerca, up. , p. ~H. IHO-l~}~>. Byzantine Gospel 30 form the perception, by experience, of what is known. With this kind of knowledge we are furnished in the present life. The other, assuredly veracious, consists purely in experience in act, without reason or concepts, and it gains in an integral fashion the perception of what is known, through grace, by participation. " Ratiocinative, intellectual knowledge is distinguishable, in other words, by its rclativitywhcn compared with the perceptual, cxper icn rial knowledge that is the eschatological gift of God.

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