The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Paperback | February 1, 2007

byAndrew Louth

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Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. Andrew Louth aims to redress the balance. Recognizing that the intellectual form of this tradition was decisively influenced by Platonicideas of the soul's relationship to God, Louth begins with an examination of Plato and Platonism. The discussion of the Fathers which follows shows how the mystical tradition is at the heart of their thought and how the dogmatic tradition both moulds and is the reflection of mystical insights andconcerns. This new edition of a classic study of the diverse influences upon Christian spirituality includes a new Epilogue which brings the text completely up to date.

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Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. Andrew Louth aims to redress the balance. Recognizing that the intellectual form of this tradition was decisively influenced by Platonicideas of the soul's relationship to God, Louth b...

Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Plato2. Philo3. Plotinus4. Origen5. Nicene Orthodoxy6. The Monastic Contributions7. Augustine8. Denys the Areopagite9. Patristic Mysticism and St John of the Cross10. The Mystical Life and the Mystical Body11. Epilogue

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`splendid survey of patristic spirituality ... Here we find not merely the often-repeated statement that theology and spirituality are inseparable in the Fathers, but a careful demonstration of this.'New Fire