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Maximus the Confessor


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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

About the Author

Paul M. Blowers holds the Ph.D. in patristics and early Christian studies from the University of Notre Dame, and since 1989 has taught church history and historical theology at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he is currently the Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History. He is principally a scholar of Greek and Byzantine patristics, and particularly of the theology of Maximus the Confessor, but he has also taught broadly in the field of church history and Christian thought. He is a Past President of the North American Patristics Society and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies. Author, editor, or translator of six books in early church history, he has published numerous journal articles.


Transfiguration of the World, published in Oxford University Press on 2016, is not only an useful tool for the monastic space, where the mystical aspect and the doctrinaire one are very important (and they are very well presented inside his approach), but also for the theologians from the academic space, philosophers and historians who want to find more about the presented topic or to go deeper in the complex history of Byzantine space of the 7th century. * Iuliu-Marius Morariu, Studia Monastica *
this book offers not only a splendid overview of Maximus in context and Maximus studies in general, but also offers up a wonderfully fresh re-reading and re-telling of Maximus by a seasoned master. * Marcus Plested, Journal of Ecclesiastical History *
The body of the book has many virtues. Blowers offers exhaustive discussions of textbook themes Maximus' view of the world; creation; salvation; the work of Christ; the church; human nature some of which come from formerly unreached places of understanding. * Luke Steven, Scottish Journal of Theology *
Blowers' portrait is a corrective to modern accounts that neglect the influence of his monastic theological milieu and their sources. While no stranger to protoscholastic precision and at times clearly possessing the grand vision of an Aquinas, Maximus is first and foremost a monk on a quest to align his will with the ground of his being and all being, namely the Logos. This shift in focus for understanding Maximus' spiritual pedagogy is the primary contribution of the monograph. Its impact is therefore primarily on modern appropriations of historical theology, but it is also an outstanding guide for introducing Maximus in pedagogical settings. * Samuel Pomeroy, Modern Theology *

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