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General Conclusion

Hilarion Alfeyev

in St. Symeon the New Theologian and Orthodox Tradition

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780198270096
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270096.003.0012

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

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This book has demonstrated that all major ideas of Symeon the New Theologian are rooted in Orthodox tradition and that his teaching corresponds to the ideas of preceding Fathers, including Gregory Nazianzen and Symeon the Studite. It can also be asserted that the ideal of ‘living according to the Gospel’ was a cantus firmus of the whole of patristic theology and that Symeon repeated what had been preached from age to age by the church Fathers. It can be claimed that Symeon's mysticism is a part of the mystical experience of the Orthodox Church and that the same sort of experience was the driving force behind the development of Orthodox theology. It can be maintained, after all, that Symeon's maximalism reflected in fact the general approach of the Christian tradition and the maximalism of Jesus Christ. What distinguishes Symeon from the majority of other church Fathers is his autobiographical approach to mystical themes, in particular his openness in description of his own visions of the divine light.

Keywords: Symeon the New Theologian; Orthodox tradition; Gregory Nazianzen; Symeon the Studite; Orthodox Church; divine light; mysticism; Orthodox theology; maximalism; Jesus Christ

Chapter.  7367 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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