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“If you wish to contemplate God”: Pseudo-Dionysius on will and love

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Without even alluding to the Pelagian dispute, it seems that Dionysius the Areopagite credits desire with an important role in the process of the soul’s return to God, i.e. in theôsis. This is evident in the counsel he offers to his friend Timothy, who wanted to be initiated in the mysteries of faith. The Syrian instructs: “If you wish to contemplate God through a mystical experience, my dear Timothy, I advise you to be aware and prepare yourself.” In this fragment, the human will informed by...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
College Only
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Peeters Publishers Publisher's website
Host title:
Studia Patristica. Vol. C - Including Papers Presented at the Sixth British Patristics Conference, Birmingham, 5-7 September 2016
Series:
Studia Patristica
Journal:
Studia Patristica Journal website
Volume:
100
Pages:
247-256
Publication date:
2020-05-19
Acceptance date:
2017-05-02
Event title:
Sixth British Patristics Conference
Event location:
Birmingham, UK
Event website:
http://cal-itsee.bham.ac.uk/itseeweb/conferences/britishpatristics2016/
Event start date:
2016-09-05
Event end date:
2016-09-07
Source identifiers:
732035
EISBN:
9789042940420
ISBN:
9789042940413
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:732035
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uuid:e11819d8-b66e-46c8-b15d-a63b44655a3d
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pubs:732035
Deposit date:
2017-10-03

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