Night of the Confessor

Tomáš Halík is a wise guide for the post-Christian era, and never more so than in his latest work, a thought-provoking and powerful reflection on the relationship between faith, paradox, change, and resurrection.

Author: Tomas Halik

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307952827

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Tomáš Halík is a wise guide for the post-Christian era, and never more so than in his latest work, a thought-provoking and powerful reflection on the relationship between faith, paradox, change, and resurrection. As the challenges of cultural secularization and dwindling congregation size confront religious communities across North America and Europe, and the Catholic Church in particular, Tomáš Halík is a prophetic voice of hope. He has lived through the political oppression and intolerance of religion that defined Communist Czechoslovakia, and he draws from this experience to remind readers that not only does crisis lead to deeper understanding but also that any living religion is a changing religion. The central messages of Christianity have always seemed impossible, from peace and forgiveness in the face of a harsh world to love and self-sacrifice despite human selfishness to the victory of resurrection through the defeat of the cross. Acceptance of paradox therefore is the way forward, Halík explains. It is a difficult way that offers an unclear immediate future, but it is ultimately the only honest way.

Maximus the Confessor and his Companions

76 R. Riedinger, 'Die Lateransynode von 649 und Maximos Confessor', in Heinzer- Schonborn, Maximus Confessor, in— 21. The proceedings were designed to ...

Author: Pauline Allen

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191583421

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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The seven documents in this book, which appear for the first time in an English translation from Greek and Latin, constitute a unique contemporary witness to the stalwart opposition of the monk Maximus the Confessor to seventh-century imperial edicts enforcing adherence to the doctrines of monoenergism and monothelitism (the doctrines that in Christ there are, respectively, only one energy and one will). The monastic resistance led by Maximus gained the support of Popes John IV, Theodore, and Martin I and found many other followers in the West, as can be judged by the convocation of 150 bishops at the Lateran Synod in Rome in 649 to condemn imperial religious policy. The documents, which have been translated from a recent critical edition, cover events from the time of Maximus' arrival in Constantinople for his first legal trial in 655; the futile attempts to persuade him to accept an imperial compromise; to his final trial in the capital in 662, and his death under appalling conditions in Lazica, on the coast of the Black Sea, in the same year. The contents of these documents provide a rare insight into the difficult period of transition from the decentralized provincial system of government that characterized late antiquity, to a more hierarchical structure centred on the power of the emperor in Constantinople. They also shed light on some lesser-known but significant participants in the monothelite controversy, several of whom followed their master into exile in Lazica; Maximus' two disciples Anastasius the monk and Anastasius the Apocrisiarius, their friends Theodore Spudaeus, Theodosius of Gangra, and the brothers Theodore and Euprepius. The religious controversies of both East and West appear in these documents against a backdrop of political turmoil, and Arab and Persian invasions. The documents will be important for those interested in early Byzantine studies, church history, historical theology, and hagiography.

Maximus the Confessor

Benevich, Grigory, “Christological Polemics of Maximus the Confessor and the Emergence of Islam onto the World Stage,” Theological Studies 72 (2011): 335–44 ...

Author: Paul M. Blowers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191068802

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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This study contextualizes the achievement of a strategically crucial figure in Byzantium's turbulent seventh century, the monk and theologian Maximus the Confessor (580-662). Building on newer biographical research and a growing international body of scholarship, as well as on fresh examination of his diverse literary corpus, Paul Blowers develops a profile integrating the two principal initiatives of Maximus's career: first, his reinterpretation of the christocentric economy of creation and salvation as a framework for expounding the spiritual and ascetical life of monastic and non-monastic Christians; and second, his intensifying public involvement in the last phase of the ancient christological debates, the monothelete controversy, wherein Maximus helped lead an East-West coalition against Byzantine imperial attempts doctrinally to limit Jesus Christ to a single (divine) activity and will devoid of properly human volition. Blowers identifies what he terms Maximus's "cosmo-politeian" worldview, a contemplative and ascetical vision of the participation of all created beings in the novel politeia, or reordered existence, inaugurated by Christ's "new theandric energy". Maximus ultimately insinuated his teaching on the christoformity and cruciformity of the human vocation with his rigorous explication of the precise constitution of Christ's own composite person. In outlining this cosmo-politeian theory, Blowers additionally sets forth a "theo-dramatic" reading of Maximus, inspired by Hans Urs von Balthasar, which depicts the motion of creation and history according to the christocentric "plot" or interplay of divine and creaturely freedoms. Blowers also amplifies how Maximus's cumulative achievement challenged imperial ideology in the seventh century—the repercussions of which cost him his life-and how it generated multiple recontextualizations in the later history of theology.

The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor

(Einsiedeln: Johannes-Verlag). von Balthasar, H. U. (2003), Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor, trans.

Author: Pauline Allen

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191655252

Category: Religion

Page: 600

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Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662) has become one of the most discussed figures in contemporary patristic studies. This is partly due to the relatively recent discovery and critical edition of his works in various genres, including On the Ascetic Life, Four Centuries on Charity, Two Centuries on Theology and the Incarnation, On the 'Our Father', two separate Books of Difficulties, addressed to John and to Thomas, Questions and Doubts, Questions to Thalassius, Mystagogy and the Short Theological and Polemical Works. The impact of these works reached far beyond the Greek East, with his involvement in the western resistance to imperial heresy, notably at the Lateran Synod in 649. Together with Pope Martin I (649-53 CE), Maximus the Confessor and his circle were the most vocal opponents of Constantinople's introduction of the doctrine of monothelitism. This dispute over the number of wills in Christ became a contest between the imperial government and church of Constantinople on the one hand, and the bishop of Rome in concert with eastern monks such as Maximus, John Moschus, and Sophronius, on the other, over the right to define orthodoxy. An understanding of the difficult relations between church and state in this troubled period at the close of Late Antiquity is necessary for a full appreciation of Maximus' contribution to this controversy. The editors of this volume aim to provide the political and historical background to Maximus' activities, as well as a summary of his achievements in the spheres of theology and philosophy, especially neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism.

The Confessor

Mark Allen Smith. THE CONFESSOR MARKALLEN SMTH SCHUSTER THE CONFESSOR Before writing his first novel, Mark Allen Smith. Front Cover.

Author: Mark Allen Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857207741

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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' Brilliant thriller' Publishers Weekly Everyone is looking for Geiger... Detached and with an innate ability to recognize lies, Geiger was the best of the best in the field of Information Retrieval. Until he was asked to break his only rule and do the unthinkable - to torture a child. Something broke in Geiger's neatly controlled mind, opening up a flood of terrible memories long kept at bay. And now Geiger is missing, presumed dead. But, with no body ever found, there are a number of people invested in finding out the truth. One of those people is Harry Boddicker, Geiger's old handler and friend. Another is his bitter rival, Dalton, who is determined to find Geiger and extract a final confession from him, before carrying out his deadly revenge. But no one has reckoned on Zanni Soames - a woman more dangerous than any of them could imagine, and hell-bent on winning the race to find Geiger first. The new novel from Mark Allen Smith is a masterfully written thriller that will send you spinning from New York to Paris and back again, and into the darkest depths of the man known only as Geiger. Praise for Mark Allen Smith '[A] brilliant, sometimes brutal, thriller' Publishers Weekly 'One of the most original thrillers since S. J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep' Guardian 'An involving thriller that leaves you hoping for the return of its oddly winning hero' Kirkus

Edward the Confessor

No aura of sanctity has condensed to protect Charlemagne,1 Edward the Martyr (the Confessor's halfuncle), Olaf Helgi of Norway, Cnut II of Denmark, ...

Author: Frank Barlow

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300183828

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 373

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Frank Barlow's magisterial biography, first published in 1970 and now reissued with new material, rescues Edward the Confessor from contemporary myth and subsequent bogus scholarship. Disentangling verifiable fact from saintly legend, he vividly re-creates the final years of the Anglo-Danish monarchy and examines England before the Norman Conquest with deep insight and great historical understanding. "Deploying all the resources of formidable scholarship, [Barlow] has recovered the real Edward." — Spectator

Imitation Knowledge and the Task of Christology in Maximus the Confessor

“God's Logoi and Human Personhood in St Maximus the Confessor.” Studi sull'Oriente Cristiano 13 (2009) 137–52. ———, “John Philoponus and Maximus the ...

Author: Luke Steven

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532672810

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Maximus the Confessor (580-662) was a monk and theologian whose combustive historical era, committed doctrinal reflection, and loud and influential voice took him on a turbulent career of traveling and writing around the Mediterranean. Maximus was a spiritual teacher, an ascetic, a man in love with Scripture and with Christ, the Word at Scripture's heart. He was also a polemicist, a crafter of dogma, an embattled christologian, a premeditating rhetorician. In this study, Luke Steven picks up a spiritual and philosophical strand that binds together these two disparate sides of the man and his writings. Steven argues that throughout his oeuvre the Confessor positions imitation as the key to knowledge. This lasting epistemology characterizes his earlier ascetic and spiritual works, and in his later works it prominently defines his dogmatic christological method--that is, the means by which he communicates and persuades and brings people to understand and encounter Jesus Christ, the one with two natures, divine and human. This is a multifaceted study that offers a deep assessment of Maximus's forebears, new insight on the animating assumptions of his thought, and an unprecedented focus on the rhetoric and method of his christological writings.

Maximus the Confessor

Die Struktur des Menschsems Christi bei Maximus Confessor, Fribourg-en-Suisse: Universitatsverlag (Paradosis, 26). Heinzer, F. and Schonborn, ...

Author: Andrew Louth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134814909

Category: History

Page: 240

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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' theological treaties many of them translated for the first time. The translations are accompanied by a lucid and informed introduction.

Edward the Confessor

... convergences (Rennes, 2008), 165–200 Bouet, P., and F. Neveux, 'Edward the Confessor's Succession According to the Bayeux Tapestry', in Lewis et al., ...

Author: Tom Licence

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300211546

Category: History

Page: 352

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An authoritative life of Edward the Confessor, the monarch whose death sparked the invasion of 1066 One of the last kings of Anglo-Saxon England, Edward the Confessor regained the throne for the House of Wessex and is the only English monarch to have been canonized. Often cast as a reluctant ruler, easily manipulated by his in-laws, he has been blamed for causing the invasion of 1066—the last successful conquest of England by a foreign power. Tom Licence navigates the contemporary webs of political deceit to present a strikingly different Edward. He was a compassionate man and conscientious ruler, whose reign marked an interval of peace and prosperity between periods of strife. More than any monarch before, he exploited the mystique of royalty to capture the hearts of his subjects. This compelling biography provides a much-needed reassessment of Edward’s reign—calling into doubt the legitimacy of his successors and rewriting the ending of Anglo-Saxon England.

Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher

It was extremely important for the Confessor to proclaim the resurrection of our own transformed bodies. But it was equally important to present his vision ...

Author: Sotiris Mitralexis

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498295584

Category: Philosophy

Page: 366

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The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent years: international conferences, publications and articles, new critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work and influence of perhaps the most sublime of the Byzantine Church Fathers. It has been repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently philosophical interest. However, no dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor as a philosopher has taken place—and this volume attempts to start such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview of the European history of philosophy, or rather excluded from it—as is the case today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’ philosophy challenges our understanding of what European philosophy is. In this volume, we begin to address these issues and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophy—thereby also stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies. Contributors include: Fr. Maximos Constas, Justin Shaun Coyle, Vladimir Cvetković, Natalie Depraz, Demetrios Harper, Michael Harrington, Georgi Kapriev, Karolina Kochańczyk-Bonińska, Nicholas Loudovikos, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Michail Mantzanas, Smilen Markov, Sotiris Mitralexis, Marcin Podbielski, Dionysios Skliris, Georgios Steiris, Stoyan Tanev, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, Jordan Daniel Wood

Edward the Confessor Penguin Monarchs

An example of Edward the Confessor's 'Pacx' type of coinage (Classical Numismatic Group, LLC: 2.

Author: David Woodman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241383021

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Edward the Confessor, the last great king of Anglo-Saxon England, canonized nearly 100 years after his death, is in part a figure of myths created in the late middle ages. In this revealing portrait of England's royal saint, David Woodman traces the course of Edward's twenty-four-year-long reign through the lens of contemporary sources, from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Vita Ædwardi Regis to the Bayeux Tapestry, to separate myth from history and uncover the complex politics of his life. He shows Edward to be a shrewd politician who, having endured a long period of exile from England in his youth, ascended the throne in 1042 and came to control a highly sophisticated and powerful administration. The twists and turns of Edward's reign are generally seen as a prelude to the Norman Conquest in 1066. Woodman explains clearly how events unfolded and personalities interacted but, unlike many, he shows a capable and impressive king at the centre of them.

The confessor by the author of Michael Cassidy

How sweetly represent the departure of our friend ! To act as a Christian , not to
mourn as one without hope , is the advice of this respectable prêtre . Shall the
child whom he has instructed disregard his precepts ? No : my Confessor departs
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The Body in St Maximus the Confessor

Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor, trans. Brian E. Daley (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003).

Author: Adam G. Cooper

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199275700

Category: Religion

Page: 287

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Contemporary scholarship recognises in Maximus the Confessor a theologian of towering intellectual importance. In this book Adam Cooper puts to him the question of what is the place of the material order &, specifically, of the human body, in God's creative, redemptive, & perfective economies?

Human Knowledge According to Saint Maximus the Confessor

Maximus the Confessor, Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World. Oxford University Press, 2015 Blowers, Paul M. “The Dialectics and Therapeutics of ...

Author: Nevena Dimitrova

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625645740

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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This book is dedicated to the synergic process of divine-human communion in the humanly possible knowledge of God, according to Saint Maximus the Confessor. These various types of knowledge play an important, but as yet unexplored role in Maximus the Confessor's teaching on God, which in many respects appears to be a synthesis and culmination of the Greek patristic tradition and the antecedent of ancient pre-Christian and Christian philosophy. Focus on this problem brings forth the major issues of Maximus' psychology: the "soul-body" relationship and a detailed examination of the cognitive capacities of the soul, including the perception of the senses, rational activity, and operations of the mind. The indivisibility of the gnoseological issues from medieval man is traced in an examination of the cognitive levels within the trichotomic structure of practical philosophy, natural contemplation, and theology. The two methods--both affirmative (cataphatic) and negative (apophatic)--demonstrate the two rational discourses in human knowledge of God. Special attention is given to the understanding of hexis (ἕξις) and gnomi (γνώμη) concepts and their crucial place in the cognitive structure, leading to knowledge of God as Goodness and of God as Truth.

Lives of Edward the Confessor

... That God may guide his intention and deeds . M 178 LIFE OF S. EDWARD THE

Author: Henry Richards Luard




Page: 448

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Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development

Berthold, G. (1982) 'The Cappadocian Roots of Maximus the Confessor', in F. Heinzer and C. von Schönborn (eds.), Maximus Confessor: Actes du Symposium sur ...

Author: G. C. Tympas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317800184

Category: Psychology

Page: 204

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In what ways does psychological development differ from spiritual development and psychological experience from spiritual experience? Bringing together two disparate theories under a trans-disciplinary framework, G. C. Tympas presents a comparison of Carl Jung’s theory of psychic development and Maximus the Confessor’s model of spiritual progress. An ‘evolutional’ relationship between the ‘psychological’ and the ‘spiritual’ is proposed for a dynamic interpretation of spiritual experience. Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development offers a creative synthesis of elements and directions from both theories and further explores: - Jung’s views on religion in a dialogue with Maximus’ concepts - The different directions and goals of Jung’s and Maximus’ models - Jung’s ‘Answer to Job’ in relation to Maximus’ theory of ‘final restoration’. Tympas argues that a synthesis of Jung’s and Maximus’ models comprises a broader trans-disciplinary paradigm of development, which can serve as a pluralistic framework for considering the composite psycho-spiritual development. Constructively combining strands of differing disciplines, this book will appeal to those looking to explore the dialogue between analytical psychology, early Christian theology and Greek philosophy.

The reign of Eadward the Confessor 2d ed rev 1870

Modern writers constantly speak of this Eadward and of his son Eadgar as the
lawful heirs of the Confessor . On the contrary , according to modern notions , the
Confessor was their lawful heir , and , according to modern notions , the
Confessor ...

Author: Edward Augustus Freeman



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Lauder Caine the Confessor His First Case

The Adventures of Lauder Caine the Confessor #1 Percy Andreæ. LAUDER CAINE THE CONFESSOR PERCY ANDREÆ Table of Contents LAUDER CAINE THE CONFESSOR COPYRIGHT ...

Author: Percy Andreæ

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1479458414

Category: Fiction

Page: 28

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The Lauder Caine mysteries often stray into the supernatural, making him a sort of occult detective. Fun reading, this is the first of a rare Victorian series originally published in The Windsor Magazine in 1896.

The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

In 1996 Andrew Louth's Maximus the Confessor appeared with translations of some important texts and a good introduction. For the first time whole parts of ...

Author: Torstein Tollefsen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 019923714X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 243

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Maximus the Confessor (580-662) was an important Byzantine thinker, the 'father of Byzantine theology'. This text describes his metaphysical world-view. The discussion covers Maximus' doctrine of creation, the Logos and the logoi, the cosmic order, the activities or energies of God, and how created beings may participate in God.

The First Confessor

Once altered in this way, they would forever be a Confessor. There could be no going back. Once done, it can't be undone.” Magda was feeling sick to her ...

Author: Terry Goodkind

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1784971987

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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The world is descending, inexorably, towards war. So why has First Wizard Baraccus, leader of the New World, lover of life, thrown himself from the walls of the Wizard's Keep, falling thousands of feet to his death? His wife, Magda Searus, cannot understand why her husband would abandon her and his people at such a profoundly dangerous time. And then she finds a note left by Baraccus, urging her to seek the truth. What she uncovers, no one is willing to believe. The coming war is going far worse than anyone had anticipated, and the consequences of defeat will be far more terrifying than they could have imagined. Alone, ungifted, it is up to Magda Searus to make history and change the future.