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By Maximus the Confessor George C. Berthold | Comments: ( 905 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

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 rMaximus 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 relevance of Maximus writings for today It was the genius of Maximus Confessor that, in a measure that has been granted only to a few, he was fully bilingual, affirming by means of negation and speaking both the language of spirituality and the language of theology with equal fluency From the looks of things within both Western and Eastern Christendom and beyond that gift of being bilingual is one that people of faith will need than ever in the years to come.


  • Title: Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings
  • Author: Maximus the Confessor George C. Berthold
  • ISBN: 9780809126590
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback

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Maximus the Confessor George C. Berthold

Maximus the Confessor Greek also known as Maximus the Theologian and Maximus of Constantinople c 580 13 August 662 was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar.In his early life, Maximus was a civil servant, and an aide to the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius However, he gave up this life in the political sphere to enter into the monastic life Maximus had studied diverse schools of philosophy, and certainly what was common for his time, the Platonic dialogues, the works of Aristotle, and numerous later Platonic commentators on Aristotle and Plato, like Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus When one of his friends began espousing the Christological position known as Monothelitism, Maximus was drawn into the controversy, in which he supported an interpretation of the Chalcedonian formula on the basis of which it was asserted that Jesus had both a human and a divine will Maximus is venerated in both Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity His Christological positions eventually resulted in the mutilation of his tongue and right hand, after which he was exiled and died on August 13, 662 in Tsageri, Georgia However, his theology was upheld by the Third Council of Constantinople and he was venerated as a saint soon after his death He is almost unique among saints in that he has two feast days the 13th of August and the 21st of January His title of Confessor means that he suffered for the Christian faith, but was not directly martyred The Life of the Virgin is commonly, albeit mistakenly, attributed to him, and is considered to be one of the earliest complete biographies of Mary, the mother of Jesus.



Comments Maximus the Confessor: Selected Writings

  • 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.


  • Debbi

    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.


  • Matt Cavedon

    A strong introduction to a mystical practice and spirituality that is steeped in explicitly Christian concepts. For St. Maximos, the Christian life is made up of two directions - incarnation and ascension. Incarnation, insofar as the Christian must bring the Logos into life and the world through virtue and prudence. Ascension, insofar as the Christian must raise the mind above passionate and intelligible realities to silently rest in the contemplation of God.St. Maximos focuses on the ascendant [...]


  • Alexander

    [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 [...]


  • Seth

    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.


  • Ian

    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.


  • 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.


  • David Mosley

    Last Read:27 December 2012-7 January 2013


  • Michael

    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.


  • Ephraim Lawson Bowick

    The Mystagogy is wonderful.


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