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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I hate giving this book a low rating, because I’m sure for the right person it’d be great and interesting. There is so much more to life, and the flow of energy is all the wrong way round.

Reading this simple explanation of the image of God by Lossky, incredible as it sounds, there and then almost convinced me that Christianity was true and I’ve never looked back.

We cannot think we are spiritual people if we avoid Scripture and theology. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sep 03, Jonathan Widell rated it it was amazing.

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Mar 29, David Mosley rated it it was amazing. What I can’t get in a sit-down conversation is the conversation Lossky has with the readers. However surprising, this connection between theology and mysticism is completely assumed by Lossky and considered defining for Christian Orthodoxy.

View all 3 comments. This givenness does not abolish distance; it acknowledges rasrait incommensurability and traverses it32 in as far as it is understood that St. For me, to use one example, the chapter rasariy uncreated energies was immensely difficult and satisfying at the same time.

Nonetheless, contemplation was foretold by the affirmations about God, by the presence of dogmatic antinomies, because apophaticism does not cancel theological thinking, it nourishes it I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned about the Orthodox Church and was trying d find out more about.


I shall provide an affirmative rejoinder and argue by first employing the concept of saturated phenomenon, and secondly by referring to the way in which in the 2 According to Habermas, there are a few major themes through which philosophical modernity has been overcome: Eastern apophaticism jealously safeguards the antinomy of the trinitarian dogma, the mysterious identify of the Three-in-One; resists the Western formula of the procession ab utroque.

Plotinus and the neo-Platonists were especially well handled by Lossky, I thought. Lossky’s theological study penetrates the mind and beyond, reaching all the way to the depths of the spirit.

I particularly welcomed the different emphasis on the Transfiguration and the Holy Spirit! Thanks for telling us about the problem. Apr 04, Brian Cubbage rated it really liked it. Deals with apophatic theology, Gregory Palamas and hesychasm.

A very important element for this discussion is the fact that the idolatry does not disappear even when the idol is exposed; the best example is Nietzsche: Deisis, This book is very deep, and often boring.

However, I have to say that I really grew from working through and I mean working through this book. This book built on that and deepened it much further.

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

But, now that I’m much more familiar with those, I have to say that this book is amazing. Mar 27, Jason rated it bisericil was amazing. That, of course, assumes some open-mindedness about Orthodoxy’s relevance in discussing philosophy and metaphysics the first place. The icon is a phenomenon that makes itself known only through distance and filiation Most of the time I had no idea what Lossky was talking about.

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But the extent to which this truth remains only the theoretical expression of an objectified and dead phenomenon, set once and for all, and, perhaps, used in the fight for inter-confessional or political domination, the truth following the reduction to faith loses its quality of being a truth and s role of guiding the believer towards the incomprehensible God. Humanitas, The answer is ambivalent, depending on the meaning we adopt for metaphysics itself.


In the space left, three steps will be taken: Still, he captures the organic quality of Orthodoxy–the interconnectedness of dogma, ritual, and mysticism–as biserlcii as any other writer who has tackled this subject.

Jan 04, Harry Allagree rated it it was amazing. Maybe a theologian would like this.

Therefore the reduction to faith displays the truth losdky by the Church in its two dimensions: Aug 04, Maximilian rated it teolovia was amazing Shelves: However, what was gained is bisericik conclusion drawn, namely that apophatic theology escapes the accusation of being onto-theology by proving to be postmetaphysical theology.

Open Preview See a Problem? This is a book that changed my life and made me want to be a Christian after years of immersing myself in other ‘Eastern’ Religions. 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. Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned overview of Eastern Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Roman Catholic and Western spirituality.

Apology for the Impossible: If Marion analyses theophany in the outlines of saturated phenomena, Lossky yet again stresses the importance of dogmatic antinomies which make up a crossing towards apophaticism and not just the simple affirmations that need to be annihilated by negative theology or by metaphysical critique.

It also helps to have at least a passing knowledge of Greek as many of the terms appear in Greek. If you are not a Christian, but are seeking potentially to become one, don’t let this book scare you away. May 30, Stephen Hayes rated it liked it Recommends it for: Gregory of Nyssa talked about55 — can be interpreted as a succession of saturated phenomena, this is a challenge surpassing the intentions behind the present text.