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4.0 out of 5 stars The mystical theology of Dionysius, 20 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Denys the Areopagite (Outstanding Christian Thinkers) (Paperback)
The anonymous writer under the pseudonym of one of St Paul's converts, Dionysius (or Denys) the Areopagite, is an important figure in Christian theology, drawing from Neoplationism including the work of Plotinus and Proclus, as well as from earlier church fathers such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen and the Cappadocians (Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus), and influencing in his turn figures like Maximus the Confessor and John Scottus Eriugena.

Andrew Louth examines the works of Dionysius via chapters entitled "Liturgical Theology" (Dionysius' theology as drawn together by liturgy), "The Angelic Choirs" (the famous celestial hierarchy), "The Earthly Liturgy" (the mirroring of the celestial hierachy on earth), "The Nameless God of Many Names" (cataphatic and apophatic theology), "Visions and Darkness", and "The Afterlife".

A relatively short book and a little hard going and dense at times, perhaps not helped by its brevity and trying to cram a lot in. Whilst not a direct commentary on Dionysius' works as such, it would probably best be read in conjunction with them. William Riordan's Divine Light: The Theology of Denys the Areopagite is overall a better companion to get I think.
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Denys the Areopagite (Outstanding Christian Thinkers) by Andrew Louth (Paperback - 1 July 2002)
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