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21. St. Maximus the Confessor: The Ascetic Life, The Four Centuries on Charity (Ancient Christian Writers) Hardcover – January 1, 1955


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  • Series: Ancient Christian Writers (Book 21)
  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (January 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809102587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809102587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kyrillos o Bibliothikarios on July 12, 2009
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To borrow the opening line of Andrew Louth's introduction on Maximus, "St Maximus the Confessor was born in AD 580 in the Byzantine Empire, or the Roman Empire, as he and its inhabitants would have called it." Maximus is considered a Byzantine theologian (or Eastern Roman theologian) par excellence and universally considered the most important Christian theologian in the Seventh Century. Maximus (in the vein of those coming after him, such as John of Damascus) was a compiler in his theology. As a result of reading of the Fathers one will see much influence in his thought of the Cappadocians (especially the two Gregories) and their friend Evagrius (whose ascetical treatises have influenced much of the later monastic writings such as those found in the Philokalia). Diadochos of Photiki and Denys the Aeropagite's thought and ideas are also to be found in his writings. Maximus' genius is shown in his original presentation of the Father's thought. His writings for the most part are all occasional documents. The Ascetical Life gives advice to young monks in a question and answer format involving a (novice) Brother and an (experienced) Old Man. The Four Centuries on Love represent probably the most enjoyable and therefore the most popular of Maximus' writings. The style is aphoristic, with truths being presented as a single sentence and sometimes as a paragraph. They are profound thoughts and insights that are meant to be meditated on. Their brevity is also meant to aide in their memorization. Naturally being called Centuries there are a hundred aphorisms to be found, four-hundred total in the Four Centuries. Sherwood did the English speaking world a service by translating The Ascetical Life and the Four Centuries on Love into English for the first time in 1955.Read more ›
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