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Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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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 r

Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Paulist Press
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David Withun
This book contains several works by one of the greatest theologians in the history of Christianity. St. Maximus's approach to theology, in which he married the mystical and doctrinal, has been a major influence on the subsequent development of Christian thought. This book is an edifying pleasure to read and to contemplate throughout. I recommend it to anyone interested in matters of theology.
[I am writing this review having read the Four Centuries on Love but little of the rest. I may update the review when I read some of the other selections, particularly the apophatic Chapters on Knoweledge.]

Maximus represents an interesting development and systematiziation of the thought of the Cappadocian Fathers along with other elements of early Christian thought in both west and east, which he combines in creative synthesis. It is possible that he had read Augustine, but there is no evidence
Ephraim Lawson Bowick
The Mystagogy is wonderful.
I am reading the Church's Mystagogy and The Chapters on Knowledge for a paper this semester in my Sacramental Ethics class. Maximus the Confessor's idea of the liturgy all creation as logoi coming back to unity through the tropos of Christ, while still remaining diverse ... and how this plays out whenever the liturgy is celebrated is mind-bogglingly wonderful. Love it.
Magnificent. In the ancient and medieval church, nearly all theologians also wrote on ascetic and spiritual themes at some point or other, and vice-versa. But rarely do we find a world-class ascetic theologian who is also a world-class doctrinal theologian. Maximus is one of the few, and this anthology contains most of his early spiritual writings.
This is not so much a read-through all at once book, but it was nice to use as part of my devotions. I especially enjoyed his 400 Chapters on Love and the Commentary on the Our Father, although his discussion of "Thy Kingdom Come" was a tough plow.
Patti Clement
Another Classic of Western Spirituality purchased for study, but have not had a chance to read from cover to cover yet. Looking forward to reading my many treasures when I complete my Masters.
A dense, masterful work of Orthodox theology. Even making sure I paid careful attention to all I read there is a vast amount I do not, and perhaps never will, understand.
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