Maximus the Confessor
St Maximus the Confessor, the greatest of Byzantine theologians, lived through the most catastrophic period the Byzantine Empire was to experience before the Crusades. This book introduces the reader to the times and upheavals during which Maximus lived. It discusses his cosmic vision of humanity and the role of the church. The study makes available a selection of Maximus'...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 22nd 1996 by Routledge
(first published April 25th 1996)
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If we want to think of how a man sees the universe in relation to God and his such a cosmic view while not being New-Agey or compromising in his Christian faith, then Maximus the Confessor is the man for you. I can't hide my sadness while reading the book, sadness as it talks about Arab invasions in a typical Islamic, expansionistic approach to places that never belonged to them. I can't hide my sadness over how Christians in these early councils were splitting hairs trying to define who Christ...more
In Andrew Louth's introduction to the texts in this volume, he notes that Anna Comnena, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor, Alexius I and the historian of her father's reign, had expressed surprise that her mother was reading Maximus the Confessor, complaining that his writing made Anna's head swim because it was so difficult. I have to admit that I feel much the same way in reading these works of Maximus. Some of the problem is that there are texts which are trying to explicate the problems...more
Andrew Louth is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and priest of the Russian Orthodox Church.More about Andrew Louth...