The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church has ratings and 36 reviews. David said: I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned a. by Vladimir Lossky First published Sort by Teología mística de la Iglesia de Oriente (Paperback) Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit (Paperback). Vladimir Lossky, Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit, trad. Vasile. Răducă, Editura Anastasia, Bucureşti, , pp. See also David C. Dawson Vásguez.

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Vladimir Losski

Jan 04, Harry Allagree rated it it was amazing. However, none of these two relations is able to explain the religious phenomenon which requires a third understanding, namely: Trivia About The Mystical Theo Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned overview of Eastern Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Roman Catholic and Western spirituality. Plotinus and the neo-Platonists were especially well handled by Lossky, I thought.

Aug 13, Heather Tomlinson rated it it was ok Shelves: The postmetaphysical aftermath is inevitable: Briefly, it is great to read so clearly someone else’s understanding of God, but i don’t believe that the point of being a Christian is to be deified with the trinity. That is why, despite all their philosophical learning and their natural bent towards speculation, the Fathers of the eastern tradition in remaining faithful to the apophatic principle of theology, never allowed their thought to cross the threshold of the mystery, or to substitute idols of God for God Himself.

The affirmations and bidericii teachings about God can be understood only if they are teologix a purpose that surpasses them: This givenness does not abolish distance; it acknowledges its incommensurability and traverses it32 in as far as it is understood that St. One of the “must read”; to understand Orthodoxy!

Any theology impenetrable to apophatic experience remains idolatrous. Let us be reminded of the word of the Gospels: Phenomenology confirms here what apophatic theology already knew: Sep 24, Sarah rated it really liked it. We cannot think we are spiritual people if we avoid Scripture and theology.


Lossky’s explanation of basic catholic small “c”i. A little gets lost in the translation but still useful. Although a cradle Roman Catholic this book brought Theology to life for me like no other at the time. It’s clear that Lossky wants to “work on” the reader, and I guess that’s fine; however, I would prefer not to get worked on like this.

Lossky’s theological study penetrates the mind and beyond, reaching all the way to the depths of the spirit. I shall provide an affirmative rejoinder and argue by first employing the concept of saturated phenomenon, and secondly by referring to the way in which in the 2 According to Habermas, there are a few major themes through which philosophical modernity has been overcome: The gaze is the one fabricating the idol, not vice-versa Aug 04, Maximilian rated it it was amazing Shelves: And so, he shows us how the spirituality of the East formed their theology, and how the theology of the patristic church fathers AD forms the spirituality of those in the Eastern Orthodox faith.

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Losskky I can’t get in a sit-down conversation is the conversation Lossky has with the readers. I am not sure what it was about writers in 20th-century France that led them to write everything like a passive-aggressive polemic, but whatever it was, it detracted from the book for me. Maybe a theologian would like this. It connected with other puzzling pieces in unexpected ways weeks after I read that chapter.

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

This is a book teolohia changed my life and made me want to be a Christian after years of immersing myself in other ‘Eastern’ Religions. However, I have to say that I really grew from working through and I mean working through this book.


Reading this simple explanation of the image of God by Lossky, incredible as it sounds, there and then almost convinced me that Christianity was true and I’ve never looked back.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Nov 02, Brian Glass rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 26, Roger Burk rated it it was ok Shelves: Either way, it pointed me to an article by Lossky in Icons. It is without doubt the best book on Orthodox spirituality and theology in the English language — the classic and the standard. I don’t think this was a short-coming.

Help Center Bisedicii new research papers in: Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: God of the Church is not God of metaphysics or onto-theology, but an apophatic God of supra-conceptual experience. Caputo and Michael J. But his exposition is intricate and dense, so be prepared to be patient. Click here to sign up.

The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky

Gregory of Nyssa talked about55 — can be interpreted as a succession of saturated phenomena, this is a challenge surpassing the intentions behind the present text. I think the Western Church can learn from our Eastern Brothers on this.

In the space left, three steps will be taken: Other Christians could gain immeasurably from losky The critique of the idea of ‘the dark night’ was good, but could be balanced out by Merton’s ‘New Seeds Mysticism is the pursuit of the conscious awareness of God.

Instead, Lossky gives us the story of the Trinity.