By Hans Urs von Balthasar
Hans Urs von Balthasar Maximus the Confessor, saint and martyr, is the theologian of synthesis: of Rome and Byzantium, of antiquity and the center a long time, reexcavating the good treasures of Christian culture, which at the moment have been buried via imperial and ecclesial censure. Von Balthasar used to be an expert at the Church Fathers-Irenaeus, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and specially, Maximus the Confessor. This masterpiece on Maximus broke new floor at that time.This is the 1st English translation of the newest variation of this acclaimed paintings. This e-book provides a strong, appealing, religiously compelling portrait of the idea of an incredible Christian theologian who may, for this booklet, have remained in simple terms an vague identify within the handbooks of petrology. right here the background of theology has turn into itself a fashion of theological mirrored image. "The spirituality of Maximus is pithily summarized in what's essentially the most profound scholarly publication ever written approximately Maximus, Cosmic Liturgy, via Hans Urs von Balthasar." -Jeroslav Pelikan, writer, Maximus Confessor: chosen Writings
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Maximus was transferred to Bizya in Thrace and underwent a second trial, aimed at persuading him to negotiate with Rome in Constantinople's interests. The old man at first welcomed his captors' feigned willingness to change direction, but as he came to see its lack of substance, he held to his own convictions. He was abused, spit upon, and sentenced to a second exile in Mesembria. Mter a final trial in 662, the old man-now eighty-two-and his companions were scourged, their "blaspheming tongues" were cut out from their roots, and their right hands were cut off The companions were scattered; Maximus was sent to Lazia, on the east coast of the Black Sea.
His sense of the dignity of natural being gives Maximus the key to the decisive objection that can be made against Origenism. The first concern must, then, not be to speak as others speak, but to conceive of the word of truth with understanding and exactitude.. . It is no t a matter of refuting the opinions of others, but of presenting one's own; not a matter of contesting some aspect of the teaching or behavior of others that seems not to be good, but of writing on behalf of truth. 59 If one has glimpsed the enormous cosmic game for even a m om ent, one knows that the tiny life of an individual person, with all its serious concerns, is only a receding figure in the dance.
By profession, he was a monk", and an ascetic. He does not contemplate the world for contemplation's sake, but because it serves as a ladder, a hoist to higher intellectual insight. 67 In searching for these sources, he could not avoid coming into contact with Origen and his most dedicated disciple, Evagrius Ponticus. 68 Viller has demonstrated the strong influence of this philosophical monk on Maximus' spiritual doctrine.?? The practical side of his ascetical teaching, like its theoretical and mystical side , largely depends on the intellectual models and principles of the Egyptian desert hermits.
Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor by Hans Urs von Balthasar