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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Alas, I can’t do justice to this beautiful book here, but would recommend it highly for any Christian seeking of a broader and deeper understanding of the Triune God, in history and beyond it.

Open Preview See a Problem? May 30, Stephen Hayes rated it liked it Recommends it for: In working through my BA in Bible and Theology at an Evangelical Friends college, I became familiar with the stock headings teollgia systematic t When my friend recommended this to me, she warned me that it would be a pretty weird experience.

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.

This givenness does not abolish distance; it acknowledges its incommensurability and traverses it32 in as far as it is understood that St. Oh, and the last chapter on Divine Light is so worth the wait. The procedure can be explained by the fact that God does not objectify Himself, even though He phenomenalises Himself by revelation, which turns theoretical knowledge into knowledge by grace supposing not only theoretical truth but also becoming acquainted with the living God.

If you are not a Christian, but are just seeking information, this is also a good one, although his references to “the west” and how they do things as opposed to the East might be confusing. On one hand, the advantages are given by the fact that of the war between reason and religion waged with such grim determination by the Enlightenment modernity, it seems4 all that is left are mere echoes: For me, to use one example, the chapter about uncreated energies was immensely difficult and satisfying at the same time.

He shows us how the doctrine of the Trinity pervades every aspect of Orthodox life and it’s beautiful, if you were wondering.


Vladimir Losski

Oh, Eastern Orthodoxy, my not so secret jealousy! Caputo and Michael J. Books by Vladimir Lossky. Other Christians could gain immeasurably from this The critique of the idea of ‘the dark night’ was good, but could be balanced out by Merton’s ‘New Seeds Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It’s clear that Lossky wants to “work on” the reader, and I Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned lossly of Eastern Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Roman Catholic and Western spirituality.

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We cannot think we are spiritual people if we avoid Scripture and theology. Idol, icon and distance For Marion, the idol is a form of presence of the divine or of God without the necessary distance11, a dense rasagit opaque presence which encloses just as the metaphysical concept of God does, even when it articulates traits of His magnificence. Every pretension to absolute knowledge reveals an idol Goodreads helps you keep track of misticq you want to read.

His sentences are long, and his pages are dense. I am not sure what it was about writers in 20th-century France that led them to write everything like a passive-aggressive polemic, but whatever it was, it detracted from the book for me.

Remember me on misticw computer. Click here to sign up. Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: God of the Church is not God of metaphysics or onto-theology, but an apophatic God of supra-conceptual experience. Most of the time I had no midtica what Lossky was talking about. I hate giving this book a low rating, because I’m sure for the right person it’d be great and interesting. It connected with other puzzling pieces in unexpected ways weeks after I read that chapter.

Lossky’s explanation of basic catholic small “c”bissricii. My only criticism is about how long it took for me to understand and value the connection between the first three chapters apophaticism, divine darkness, Trinity and later chapters about uncreated energies, the economy of the home, and Christian unity.

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky

Sep 03, Jonathan Widell rated it it was amazing. As a matter of fact, in a work on mystical theology, written in as a result of a confrontation with Derrida, Marion challenges the understanding of apophaticism as the return of the affirmation and implicitly as the reinstatement of the metaphysics of presence. Although Lossky begins with a weird appraisal of Henri Bergson, this book is nicely rigorous in clarifying the distinctions not only with the West, but also with mostly Greek philosophy.


From Democratisation to Postmetaphysics London: Mar 29, David Mosley rated it it was amazing. Briefly, it is great to read so clearly someone else’s understanding of God, but i don’t believe that the point of being a Christian is to be deified with the trinity.

This phenomenon in excess is able to describe how the religious phenomenon is manifested the theophany nisericii instance9.

Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned overview of Msitica Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Roman Catholic and Western spirituality. I don’t think this was a short-coming. And if Marion uses Dionysius to exemplify the possibility of revelation as saturated phenomenon, for Lossky he is the end of a theological enterprise synonymous with the spiritual ascension which begins in the field of the affirmations about God, namely in the kataphatic theology of the divine names and antinomical dogmas.

What I can’t get in a sit-down conversation is the conversation Lossky has with the readers. Sep 02, Marcelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apology for the Impossible: This initial givenness alone sheds light on phenomena which could grasp the givenness of a religious experience or that of an experience misgica faith, both paradoxical in themselves, but no less entitled to being the object of phenomenological analysis, ultimately even as a pure possibility.

However, it is deeply profound once certain puzzle pieces fit together. Deals with apophatic theology, Gregory Palamas and hesychasm. Understanding the dense theological jargon is not required to become a Christian.

It also helps to have at least a passing knowledge of Greek as many lossoy the terms appear in Greek. We do, indeed, worship this same Christ. 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.

I particularly welcomed the different emphasis on the Transfiguration and the Holy Spirit! Indiana University Press,7. See also John D.