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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Torstein Tollefsen


St Maximus the Confessor (580–662) is an influential Byzantine thinker. The book is a study of the basic features of his thought, his philosophical theology or metaphysics. The term ‘Christocentric cosmology’ describes precisely the contents of his conception. God's Logos (the Word, Christ) contains the principles (divine ideas, logoi ) according to which a well‐ordered cosmos is created, and in accordance with which the cosmos returns (converts) to its origin. In accordance with these principles the created world participates in divine activity ( ene ... More

Keywords: creation, deification, divine activity, energeia, divine ideas, logos–logoi, microcosm, participation, transcendence–immanence, well‐ordered cosmos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199237142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Torstein Tollefsen, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo