Dionysius the Areopagite: On the Divine Names and the Mystical Theology.
by C.E. Rolt
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On the Divine Names and Mystical
Theology are two of the greatest works of Dionysius the
Areopagite. Also known as Pseudo-Dionysius, he was long
thought to be the first century disciple of Paul. Later
evidence, however, showed this important and influential
theologian to be an anonymous fifth century Christian,
neo-platonic thinker. Both On the Divine Names and
Mystical Theology emphasize the transcendence of God, and
the inability of human language to fully capture God's
true nature. Dionysius's theological method--often called
"negative theology" because it never made positive
affirmations about God--was adopted by many Christians.
This particular edition of Dionysius's work also comes
with an elaborate and instructive introduction, sure to be of help when
understanding Dionysius's writings. Although Dionysius's work was long
unavailable in modern translation, now anyone can read and enjoy this
impressive and important theologian!
CCEL Staff Writer
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