"My Dionysius belongs and contributes to a continuum. ...the long tradition of Christian Platonism, beginning as early as, say, the Epistle to the Hebrews and continuing through Christian Alexandria to the Asia Minor of the Cappadocians, and then going on through Dionysius to Maximus Confessor,..." Alexander Golitzin
Denys person and writings:
The texts of Denys the pseudo-areopagite writings articulate a majestic and profound metaphysical perspective of Eastern Church conception of salvation by divine grace. Deeply informed by the Divine Liturgy and the Sacred Scriptures, this mysterious Assyrian author uses the great insights of Alexandrine Neo-Platonism, expressing the profoundest of mystical faith in amazingly beautiful ecclesiastic and theological writings. The compelling brilliance of his original texts, has been in no way compromised by the intricate and metaphysical issues exposed in a novel way of theological deliberation. His mystical theology is written in metaphysical Neoplatonic philosophic language of Alexandria, and based on Cyril firm biblical and sacramental teachings, expounded by Severus of Antioch. Dionysius was the Church's mystical intellect, following pioneer master Origen. The Alexandrians used the metaphor of deification to indicate the glorious destiny awaiting human nature in accordance with the divine plan of salvation, as expressed by Norman Russell, the great patristic theologian.
Denys Theology and Philosophy:
Research on the mysterious theologian during the twentieth century, explored his own identification, and how far was he a Neo-Platonist and how deep was his Christian identity. Riordan thesis convincingly demonstrates that Deny's theology is not just a Christian version of Neo-Platonism dressed up in ecclesiastic clothing, but rather that Denys makes use of categories drawn from Neo-Platonism to express a truly biblical and liturgical Christian theology. beginning with Maximus the Confessor and continuing through Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure.
Denys from Western Eyes:
This book with a wide band search exposed Denys' theological understanding from a Roman Catholic point of view, while balanced with an attention to the illuminating metaphysical depth of his insight. In this multilingual written essay, William Riordan offers a model of scholarly theology, that promised but did not deliver to a reader who knows neither Greek nor German. A novice on the subject, that strives not merely to get the concepts right, but to get the mystical theology deciphered from its arcane philosophic language. Inspired by his long search for Denys, Riordan tells us how to re-form our staggering from the hangover of the history of Western epistemology, a call to get beyond post modernity and to move to more insightful modes of theological knowledge, so as to discover anew the universal cosmic, liturgical, and Christological orthodox way by which God the Father makes us his children.
"Divine Light is more than just a scholarly study of a noted theologian. It is a work of spiritual theology itself, elevating the reader to see the great beauty and harmony of God and the cosmos through the eyes of Denys the Areopagite." Daniel Keating, Sacred Heart Prof. of Theology.