By Charles M. Stang
This e-book examines the writings of an early sixth-century Christian mystical theologian who wrote below the identify of a convert of the apostle Paul, Dionysius the Areopagite. This 'Pseudo'-Dionysius is legendary for articulating a magical theology in components: a sacramental and liturgical mysticism embedded within the context of celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies, and an austere, contemplative routine during which one steadily negates the divine names in hopes of soliciting union with the 'unknown God' or 'God past being.'
Charles M. Stang argues that the pseudonym and the impression of Paul jointly represent the easiest interpretive lens for figuring out the Corpus Dionysiacum [CD]. Stang demonstrates how Paul animates the whole corpus, and indicates that the impact of Paul illuminates such valuable subject matters of the CD as hierarchy, theurgy, deification, Christology, confirmation (kataphasis) and negation (apophasis), diverse similarities, and unknowing. most significantly, Paul serves as a fulcrum for the expression of a brand new theological anthropology, an 'apophatic anthropology.' Dionysius figures Paul because the top-rated apostolic witness to this apophatic anthropology, because the ecstatic lover of the divine who confesses to the rupture of his self and the indwelling of the divine in Gal 2:20: 'it is not any longer I who reside, yet Christ who lives in me.'
Building in this proposal of apophatic anthropology, the e-book forwards an evidence for why this sixth-century writer selected to put in writing less than an apostolic pseudonym. Stang argues that the very perform of pseudonymous writing itself serves as an ecstatic devotional workout wherein the author turns into cut up in and thereby open to the indwelling of the divine. Pseudonymity is in this interpretation crucial and inner to the goals of the broader mystical firm. hence this ebook goals to question the excellence among 'theory' and 'practice' via demonstrating that damaging theology-often figured as a speculative and rarefied idea in regards to the transcendence of God-is actually top understood as one of those asceticism, a devotional perform aiming for the whole transformation of the Christian topic.
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But before we turn to those themes in the second part of this investigation, I want in the next chapter to situate the pseudonymous enterprise of the CD in the context of the peculiar understandings of time and writing at play in the late antique Christian East. 0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. com 2 Pseudonymous Writing in the Late Antique Christian East In the previous chapter, I charted the reception of the CD in the sixth and twentieth centuries, focusing on whether and how ancient and modern readers treated the authenticity of the CD, its alleged authorship, and the inﬂuence of Paul.
0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. com 22 Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite his own philosophical acumen) by either failing to name it as such or steering the reader back to the Pauline backdrop that guarantees the work as authentic and true. A quick glance at some of John’s successor scholiasts is interesting by way of contrast, as they take less hedging approaches to the conspicuously philosophical character of the CD.
Endre von Ivánka and Ronald Hathaway Two notable exceptions to the prevailing trend—which form a convenient diptych—are Endre von Ivánka and Ronald Hathaway. In his Plato Christianus, von Ivánka argues that author of the CD is a Christian for whom the pseudonym and the consequent and seemingly wholesale import of late Neoplatonic philosophy serves a primarily apologetic end. 78 Close attention to the CD, von Ivánka avers, reveals that the author in fact sabotages late Neoplatonism by clothing Christian theology in Platonic “drapery” (Gewand)—precisely the inverse of Dodds’ claim.
Apophasis and Pseudonymity in Dionysius the Areopagite: "No Longer I" by Charles M. Stang