By Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Maximus the Confessor, saint and martyr, is the theologian of synthesis: of Rome and Byzantium, of antiquity and the center a long time, reexcavating the good treasures of Christian culture, which at the moment have been buried by means of imperial and ecclesial censure. Von Balthasar was once an expert at the Church Fathers--Irenaeus, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and notably, Maximus the Confessor. This masterpiece on Maximus broke new flooring at the moment. this is often the 1st English translation of the most recent variation of this acclaimed paintings. This e-book provides a robust, beautiful, religiously compelling portrait of the concept of an enormous Christian theologian who may, for this booklet, have remained in simple terms an vague identify within the handbooks of patrology. right here the background of theology has develop into itself a fashion of theological mirrored image.
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Extra info for Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor (Communio Books)
90 PG 91, 1976 C. " The shorter first part was probably composed about 634 and is dedicated to a certain "holy man, Thomas". The next ten years offer us few helpful opportunities for filling out his chronology. In 626, Maximus seems to have left the monastery of St. George to go to Africa; he may have spent some time in Crete and perhaps also in Cyprus. At Pentecost 632, we find him in Carthage; but before that date he probably spent several years in the monastery of Eukratas, in the outskirts of Alexandria, where Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem from 634, was still presumably abbot.
Sergius confirmed this compromise in a synodal letter of 634 (the Psephos). Soon afterward, Sophronius became patriarch of Jerusalem. At about the same time, Sergius sent his insidious letter to Pope Honorius, trying to induce the pope to approve the synodal letter [of 634] and its policy of silence on the subject of one or two modes of activity in Christ, on the grounds that two modes of activity might lead one to think Christ had two opposed wills, whereas his human will must obviously always have been "se t in motion by God" (8EOXLVllW£).
In August 654, meanwhile, Eugenius I had become pope. No one took any further notice of his sick and exiled predecessor; in fact, we know that Eugenius, in May of 655, made arrangements through his legates in Constantinople, over Maximus' head, to come to a new dogmatic agreement with the emperor's representatives. Maximus and his companions remained steadfast. The accusations ofhigh treason against them could not be substantiated, despite the efforts of the court; they were simply pressed, therefore, to follow Rome's lead and enter into communion with the see of Byzantium.