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The Mystical Theology/The Divine Names
The treatises of Dionysius the Areopagite, written in Greek, were intended to combine Neoplatonic philosophy with Christian theology and mystical experience. This volume, which explores the nature and results of contemplative prayer, exercised a deep and enduring influence on the development of scholasticism-particularly in regard to the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 4th 2004 by Dover Publications
(first published 528)
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Feb 09, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystics
Recommended to Erik by: Dr. Smith
I read this at seminary, probably for Smith's Philosophic Method course during the first semeter. I'd taken a course on religious mysticism in college, read a lot of Eastern mystical philosophy and some Plato on my own, so Pseudo-Dionysius wasn't inaccessible. Indeed, his work and Christian works like it, such as The Cloud of Unknowing, made a lot of sense--more sense, certainly, than bibliolatrous Christianity did. Indeed, the weakest part of these two texts, the part that popped the bubble of ...more
PD's use of seeming contradictions and puzzling, cryptic language is a close articulation of the ineffable nature of PD's God. The only kind of knowing for PD is the existential kind received in the mystical religious encounter. Good, highly influential, but of little practical value both in life and modern academic theology.
Also known as Pseudo-Denys, was a Christian theologian and philosopher of the Neoplatonist school during the late 5th to early 6th century.More about Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite...