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Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)) Paperback – January 1, 1988
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It is currently believed that the writer who called himself Dionysius the Aeropagite (St. Paul's first convert) was a monk from Syria in the fifth or sixth century. Most of his writings have been lost (or, if one wishes to be suspicious about it, were never really written in the first place), but those that remain - The Divine Names, The Mystical Theology, The Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy and ten Letters - have all been translated and copiously annotated in the present volume.
Dionysius is best known for his understanding that theological language exists to be surpassed by "a mystical silence" that is at the height of all theological contemplation: union with God.Read more ›
The two most important works on the Corpus are the 'Mystical Theology' and 'The Divine Names.' Probably using the language and concepts of Neo-Platonism and in particular of Proclus along with ideas he got from reading Gregory of Nyssa, Denys expounds the 'via negativa' apprach to God.
In the mystical theology Denys outlines how Moses ascended to God through a dark 'cloud of unknowing' and reached the ineffable Godhead who is beyond all concepts, ideas and words. In the view of Denys, even in a 'clear' vision of God we do not get a clear vision of God but rather only see a 'dazzling darkness' which is above and beyond every possible concept and idea we could have of God, or any name we can apply to God. Denys seems very keen to protect the mystery of God's transcendant being, which even when 'naked' and exposed by stripping it of all concepts and ideas and names, is still completely hidden by virtue of its transcendance.
Denys explores these ideas further in 'The Divine Names', a very important work both in mysticism and theology. Denys talks of what names can be said to apply to God and he also discusses how God's goodness 'flows out' of itself to create the universe and all beings (which he calls theophanies) and which return back to God in a circular procession.Read more ›
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This simply is the best edition of Dionysius the Areopagite’s works available in English: for one, we have here the entire corpus of Dionysius’ writing in this edition; secondly,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Johannes Platonicus
In terms of the developing Christian-Platonic tradition, this book is Plato at his near-finest. It marks a watershed in Christian reflection and will dominate Christian... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacob
It is an important, if problematic, contribution to the development of Christian theology.Published 17 months ago by Theresa Koernke
I find the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius refreshing and elevate the mind and heart and soul. However, those who would find it difficult and non-essential would represent the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by R.E. Pence
yuck . dry stuff based on myth of Pseudo-dionysius, an alleged philosopher of murky origins.Published 18 months ago by XanaduCal
This is a deep philosophical discussion by a mystic. Not at all like "The Cloud of Unknowing" or "Showings" of Julian of Norwich. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Bob F, measurement guy
I am almost finished with the reading of this volume as I am also reading the Kindle edition of the Complete Works of Dionysius the Areopagite. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Elimian
This book is like learning another language, in English no less! The author, or "authors", give a glimpse of the early method of thinking about the impact of Christianity... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by mary delecce
A nice little collection. The translations are spot on. If you are looking for a collected works of Psuedo-Dionysius, this is your tome!Published on February 1, 2014 by Emma Bourdeau