on 1 August 2008
Maximus the Confessor, saint and martyr, was the theologian of synthesis: of Rome and Byzantium, of Eastern and Western theology, reexcavating great treasure of Christian tradition which had been buried by imperial and ecclesial censure. This book presents a powerful, attractive, religiously compelling portrait of the thought of a major Christian theologian who might, but for this book, have remained only an obscure name in the handbooks of patrology. It is based on an intellegent and careful reading of Maximus' own writings. Here the history of theology has become itself a way of theological reflection
on 28 August 2013
This is an excellent study of Maximus the Confessor which reveals a great deal about a little known Church Father. von Balthasar is to be applauded for bringing this man more to the fore. I note with interest that a number of academic conferences - Belgrade and Nottingham - have been devoted to plumbing the depths of Maximus' thought. As is always the case with von Balthasar, his shadow falls across the work, the title alone says it all. One can only admire the Jesuit Theologate of Lyon that helped form such an interesting and provocative figure.