- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st Edition edition (12 Mar. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198266553
- ISBN-13: 978-0198266556
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys Hardcover – 12 Mar 1981
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"Great summary. Fine insights."--Jill Raitt, University of Missouri, Columbia --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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IT could be argued that mystical theology, or perhaps better, a doctrine of contemplation, is not simply an element in Plato's philosophy, but something that penetrates and informs his whole understanding of the world. Read the first page
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I initially bought it on the recommendation of a Plato scholar who described it as a very succint overview of the influence of Platonic thought on Christianity. I would endorse that but the quality of the writing enabled me to read on with great interest. In between the chapters on Plato and Plotinus there is a chapter on Philo, who focused on the contemplation of scripture, and laid much of the ground for the later Origen. The chapter on Plotinus opens with the following: 'Plotinus is more than an episode in our passage from Plato to the Fathers. In him we find the supreme exponent of an abiding element in what we might call 'mystical philosophy'. He represents man's inherent desire to return to heaven at its purest and most ineffable.' The book is full of as many surprises as it is insights. The concept of 'likeness and unlikeness' in St Bernard's theology, has its source in Plotinus.Read more ›