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Ever-Moving Repose

A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor’s Theory of Time

Veritas

by Sotiris Mitralexis

Foreword by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Imprint: Cascade Books

256 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.51 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781532607035
  • Published: April 2017

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  • 9781532607042
  • Published: April 2017

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  • 9781532607059
  • Published: April 2017

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Sotiris Mitralexis offers a contemporary look at Maximus the Confessor's (580-662 CE) understanding of temporality, logoi, and deification, through the perspective of contemporary philosopher and theologian Christos Yannaras, as well as John Zizioulas and Nicholas Loudovikos. Mitralexis argues that Maximus possesses both a unique theological ontology and a unique threefold theory of temporality: time, the Aeon, and the radical transformation of temporality and motion in an ever-moving repose. With these three distinct modes of temporality, a Maximian theory of time can be reconstructed, which can be approached via his teaching on the logoi and deification. In this theory, time is not merely measuring ontological motion, but is more particularly measuring a relationship, the consummation of which effects the transformation of time into a dimensionless present devoid of temporal, spatial, and generally ontological distance--thereby manifesting a perfect communion-in-otherness. In examining Maximian temporality, the book is not focusing on only one aspect of Maximus' comprehensive Weltanschauung, but looks at the Maximian vision as a whole through the lens of temporality and motion.
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