Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings

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"indispensable for most libraries." Library Journal Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings translation and notes by George C. Berthold introduction by Jaroslav Pelikan preface by Ir n e-Henri Dalmais, O.P. "The perfect mind is the one that through genuine faith knows in supreme ignorance the supremely unknowable, and in gazing on the universe of his handiwork has received from God comprehensive knowledge of his Providence and judgment in it, as far as allowable to men." Maximus Confessor (c.580-662) Maximus is called the Confessor because of his sufferings and labors for the true faith. During the seventh century when the monothelite heresy (belief that Christ had only one will--a divine one) plagued the Church, Maximus eloquently demonstrated that Christ had both human and divine natures. Writing in the introduction to this volume Jaroslav Pelikan highlights the relevance of Maximus' writings for today: "It was the genius of Maximus Confessor that, in a measure that has been granted only to a few, he was fully bilingual, affirming by means of negation and speaking both the language of spirituality and the language of theology with equal fluency. From the looks of things within both Western and Eastern Christendom--and beyond--that gift of being bilingual is one that people of faith will need more than ever in the years to come."

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THE TRIAL OF MAXIMUS
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THE FOUR HUNDRED CHAPTERS ON LOVE
33
COMMENTARY ON THE OUR FATHER
99
CHAPTERS ON KNOWLEDGE
127
THE CHURCHS MYSTAGOGY
181
BIBLIOGRAPHY
227
INDEX TO INTRODUCTION
234
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Pagina 102 - For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.
Pagina 161 - Buy those things that we have need of against the feast ; or, that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out : and it was night. Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Pagina 153 - Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down) 'or ' Who will descend into the abyss?
Pagina 111 - Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Pagina 79 - Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
Pagina 11 - His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.
Pagina 105 - For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Pagina 105 - For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Pagina 61 - For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me.

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