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Maximus writes Ad Thalassium as an ascetic for ascetics, responding to the problems that assail a monk both in Scripture and his daily labors. Maximus’s monastic formation is the surest biographical fact about his early life and education. Reviewing this aspect of Maximus’s life will help

In: Divine Scripture and Human Emotion in Maximus the Confessor

participation with himself and to have a share in his own goodness. 17 Following Clement and Origen, Dionysius relates philanthropia to Christ’s descent in the flesh. Dionysius is at pains to maintain Christ’s perfection during his earthly life, reminding that he remains “unmixed” while he dwells at the

In: Divine Scripture and Human Emotion in Maximus the Confessor

contradiction of the entire purpose of humankind’s being, the material and suffering life still remained motivated by a naturally ascentive soul 43 and, therefore, a spiritually blind humanity had entered into an unnatural condition. 44 For this reason God the Word incarnated to allow the divine light to be

In: Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism
Author: Therese Fuhrer

—harbour—mainland/home’ that is applied explicitly to ‘seekers’, ‘those studying philosophy’ and the ‘telos of eudaimonia’, 9 into which an autobiographical sketch is inserted (§ 4). 10 The ‘I’ of the autobiography presents himself as a seeker who, motivated by “love of wisdom” ( amor sapientiae ), as a consequence of his

In: Manichaeism and Early Christianity

, rather than belief. Commitment to a particular religion entails enactment of its precepts and living the life its teachings dictate. 21 Faustus does not have the built-in disparagement of physical observances that drove a great deal of the Christian adversus Iudaeos rhetoric. Religions that fail to

In: Manichaeism and Early Christianity
Author: Chris L. de Wet

so ferne stehen,” writes a nineteenth-century translator and commentator of Chrysostom’s homilies. 3 Having been born and raised in Syrian Antioch most of his life, he regularly rebukes Manichaeans in his homilies and treatises. 4 Besides Chrysostom, we know of several other historical sources

In: Manichaeism and Early Christianity

Daysan or Mani or Palut, among others, were associated with the Christian tradition and with the title “Christian.” 6 For over half a century, Ephrem called Nisibis home, and he spent roughly the last ten years of his life in Edessa. Edessa was a cosmopolitan, border, trade city with diverse populations

In: Manichaeism and Early Christianity