Adam G. Cooper

in The Body in St Maximus the Confessor

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199275700
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602399 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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The introduction raises the question of corporeality and the body in Maximus’ theology within the context of the wider patristic and subsequent catholic tradition. It asks whether the affinity of patristic thought with Neoplatonism tends towards the marginalization creation and the body, as often charged. The case is argued that an intelligent reading of Maximus’ philosophical and ascetic writings requires due regard for the living, material praxis – especially liturgical and sacramental – within which the Confessor lived, thought, and wrote.

Keywords: spiritualization; corporeality; monasticism; Neoplatonism

Chapter.  6205 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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