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Maximus the Confessor: Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World (Paul M Blowers) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780199673940
Maximus the Confessor: Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World (Paul M Blowers) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2016) 9780199673940
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Title: Maximus the Confessor: Jesus Christ and the Transfiguration of the World

Author: Blowers, Paul M

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199673940

Volumes: 1; Pages: 368

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This study contextualizes the achievement of a strategically crucial figure in Byzantium's turbulent seventh century, the monk and theologian Maximus the Confessor (580-662). Building on newer biographical research and a growing international body of scholarship, as well as on fresh examination of his diverse literary corpus, Paul Blowers develops a profile integrating the two principal initiatives of Maximus's career: first, his reinterpretation of the christocentric economy of creation and salvation as a framework for expounding the spiritual and ascetical life of monastic and non-monastic Christians; and second, his intensifying public involvement in the last phase of the ancient christological debates, the monothelete controversy, wherein Maximus helped lead an East-West coalition against Byzantine imperial attempts doctrinally to limit Jesus Christ to a single (divine) activity and will devoid of properly human volition. Blowers identifies what he terms Maximus's "cosmo-politeian" worldview, a contemplative and ascetical vision of the participation of all created beings in the novel politeia, or reordered existence, inaugurated by Christ's "new theandric energy". Maximus ultimately insinuated his teaching on the christoformity and cruciformity of the human vocation with his rigorous explication of the precise constitution of Christ's own composite person. In outlining this cosmo-politeian theory, Blowers additionally sets forth a "theo-dramatic" reading of Maximus, inspired by Hans Urs von Balthasar, which depicts the motion of creation and history according to the christocentric "plot" or interplay of divine and creaturely freedoms. Blowers also amplifies how Maximus's cumulative achievement challenged imperial ideology in the seventh century--the repercussions of which cost him his life-and how it generated multiple recontextualizations in the later history of theology.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part I: Backgrounds

1. Maximus in His Historical Setting: Betwixt and Between

2. Writing Theology in Early Byzantium

Part II: The Cosmic Landscapes of Maximus's Theology

3. Creation as the Drama of Divine Freedom and Resourcefulness

4. Maximus's Cosmic Christology: Flesh Transfiguring the World

5. The Church and Its Liturgy as Threshold of the New Creation

Part III: Maximus's Vision for the Transfigured Creation

6. Protology and Teleology in Maximus's Interpretation of Human Nature, Human Fallenness, and Human Hope

7. Active Passivity: Maximus on the Passion of Jesus Christ

8. Love, Desire, and Virtue: Transfigured Life in Christ and the Spirit

Part IV: Maximus's Afterlife East and West

9. Recontextualizations of Maximus East and West

Epilogue

Select Bibliography

Index

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