Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Hardcover | February 29, 2012

byTorstein Theodor Tollefsen

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Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought is an investigation into two basic concepts of ancient pagan and Christian thought. The study examines how activity in Christian thought is connected with the topic of participation: for the lower levels of being toparticipate in the higher means to receive the divine activity into their own ontological constitution. Torstein Theodor Tollefsen sets a detailed discussion of the work of church fathers Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, Maximus the Confessor, and Gregory Palamas in the context of earliertrends in Aristotelian and Neoplatonist philosophy. His concern is to highlight how the Church Fathers thought energeia (i.e. activity or energy) is manifested as divine activity in the eternal constitution of the Trinity, the creation of the cosmos, the Incarnation of Christ, and in salvationunderstood as deification.

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Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought is an investigation into two basic concepts of ancient pagan and Christian thought. The study examines how activity in Christian thought is connected with the topic of participation: for the lower levels of being toparticipate in the higher means to receive the divi...

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas at the University of Oslo.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:February 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199605963

ISBN - 13:9780199605965

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Activity and Participation in non-Christian Thought2. St Basil and Anomoean Theology3. The Internal Activity of the Godhead4. The External Activity of the Godhead: Cosmology5. The External Activity of the Godhead: Incarnation6. The Road to Salvation7. The Theology of St Gregory Palamas8. Concluding Remarks