The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church has ratings and 36 reviews. David said: I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned a. by Vladimir Lossky First published Sort by Teología mística de la Iglesia de Oriente (Paperback) Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit (Paperback). Vladimir Lossky, Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit, trad. Vasile. Răducă, Editura Anastasia, Bucureşti, , pp. See also David C. Dawson Vásguez.

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Feb 26, Roger Burk rated it it was ok Shelves: Deisis, Lossky lays the foundation for readers so that the answers an eastern orthodox priest would give me will make deeper sense. MIT Press, Oh, Eastern Orthodoxy, my not so secret jealousy! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

That, of course, assumes some open-mindedness about Orthodoxy’s relevance in discussing philosophy and metaphysics the first place. Do they belong to metaphysics or not? It also helps to have at least a passing knowledge of Greek as many of the terms appear in Greek. Who knew that I would anything about Christianity that would ever make any sense to me?

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

Saturated conditions of possibility and postmetaphysical theology Before entering the last section of this paper, let us first resume.

Lossky spends over half the book laying a foundation on the Eastern understanding of apophaticism describing God by what He is notasceticism, the Holy Trinity, uncreated energies of the Godhead, im While this title appears on many recommended lists of books on Eastern Orthodoxy, it would not be easy reading for someone uninitiated to mystical Christian writings from either the east or the west.


To the neo-patristic thinker and Orthodox 30 Ibid. However surprising, this connection between theology and mysticism is completely assumed by Lossky and considered defining for Christian Orthodoxy. In working through my BA in Bible and Theology at an Evangelical Friends college, I became familiar with the stock headings of systematic theology. Once the space of onto-theology rssarit free from idols, God reveals Himself as a manifestation of the invisible within the visible: This phenomenon in excess is able to describe how the religious phenomenon is manifested the theophany for instance9.

This book built on that and deepened it much further. This pragmatism of knowledge was also found in the analysis of the saturated phenomenon, in surpassing predicative knowledge, the fact being explained precisely by the necessity to go beyond the concepts in the sense of excess and saturation. As far as spiritual faith, beyond rationale religion, to me the Eastern Church is the nisericii indepth-spiritually within the Christian communion.

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Vladimir’s Seminary Press first published Feb 04, Thomas Sandberg rated it liked it. Lossky’s explanation of basic catholic small “c”i. I’m making no pretense that I am well developed in this. Scanlon Bloomington – Indianapolis: Click here to sign up.

Keep in mind that this book was written as an introduction for the non-Orthodox mainly the heterodox. While this title appears on many recommended lists of books on Eastern Orthodoxy, it teilogia not be easy reading for someone uninitiated to mystical Christian writings from either the east or the west. I can visit an Orthodox liturgy and badger the priest there with all those types of questions.


How it happened was such- I was actually reading a book on Islamic Gnostic Mysticism, which while profoundly critical of Christianity, had a little note by either Lossky or Von Balthasar. Most of the time I had no idea what Lossky was talking about. The answer is ambivalent, depending on the meaning we adopt for metaphysics itself. Apology for the Impossible: To me, the heart of the book is in the chapter on “The Way of Union,” but it would be meaningless without the preceding chapters.

Lossky, in line with other twentienth-century Orthodox, probably overstates the difference between East and West in both theological method and doctrine.

In the present essay I will attempt to put two thinkers face to face — a postmetaphysical philosopher, Jean-Luc Marion, and an Orthodox neo-patristic theologian, Vladimir Lossky — in order to find an answer to the question whether the relation between dogmata and apophaticism comes under metaphysics or post-metaphysics, and starting from here, to determine if a simultaneously very contemporary and very traditional postmetaphysical theology is possible.

Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources, Lossky outlines Orthodox dogma – not as a collection of dry doctrines, but as a spirituality whose high goal is union with God. Yet from a theological perspective, the paradoxical connection between dogmata and apophaticism, affirmations and negations must be accepted, precisely because St.