Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church


By (author) Vladimir Lossky


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  • Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 31 August 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0227679199
  • ISBN 13: 9780227679197
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 197,632

Product description

Lossky's great work on Eastern Orthodoxy covers the whole range of its spirituality and theology. Combining careful theology with the warmth of the deep personal devotion of the author, the "Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" is the best introduction to Orthodox teaching and theology available. It provides a reliable and informative presentation of the theological spirit of the Eastern Church. His account makes clear the profound theological differences underlying the practices of the East and West, and yet it is also an important contribution to ecumenism and to the life of Christian devotion. It brings together subjects that are more usually separated, asserting that there is no true mysticism that is not firmly rooted in theology, and no true theology that is not experienced, and therefore mystical. The tradition of the Eastern Church is presented as a mystical theology with doctrine and experience mutually conditioning each other.

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Review quote

"It's great merit lies in its mastery and systematic exposition of the Eastern Church." The Guardian "The whole range of theology is passed under review in this little book in a masterly way." The Expository Times

Table of contents

Introduction: Theology and Mysticism in the Tradition of the Eastern Church. The Divine Darkness. God in Trinity. Uncreated Energies. Image and Likeness. The Economy of the Holy Spirit. Two Aspects of the Church. The Way of Union. The Divine Light. Conclusion: The Feast of the Kingdom.