Fr. Andrew Louth
Celebrated patristic scholar at the University of Durham; ordained
an Orthodox priest in 2003.
Norman Hugh Redington
The Origins of the
Christian Mystical Tradition, (1981).
Oxford: Clarendon, 1981.
Denys the Areopagite, (1989).
London: Continuum, 1989.
St. Dionysius viewed hierarchy not as a ladder
to be climbed but as a theophany composing the cosmic liturgy.
"[O]n the one hand, [Dionysius'] understanding of hierarchy
makes possible a rich symbolic system in terms of which we can
understand God and cosmos and our place within it, and, on the
other, he finds room within this strictly hierarchical society
for an escape from it, beyond it, by transcending symbols and
realizing directly one's relationship with God as his creature, the
creature of his love." Fr. Andrew
thus refutes those critics (in particular
Fr. John Meyendorff)
who see the Areopagetic writings as "mystagogical", individualistic,
and damaging to Orthodoxy; rather, he in effect argues, they
present a liturgical vision of theology not dissimilar from that
which Meyendorff and Schmemann themselves advocated.
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