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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor$
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Torstein Tollefsen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.001.0001

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The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings

The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings

(p.64) 3 The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings
The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

Oxford University Press

The Logos is the centre of all the logoi, i.e. the divine acts of will that are eternally conceived but expressed at the moment of creation. Through the logoi a well-ordered cosmos is instituted. The logoi are the principles behind procession (creation) and convertion, and behind the metaphysical structure that Maximus calls expansion and contraction. The chapter ends with a discussion of the ontological structure of created being, especially of rational nature, i.e. man.

Keywords:   centre, cosmos, creation, expansion‐contraction, Logos–logoi, logoi, ontological structure of created being, procession‐conversion

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