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The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys

Andrew Louth


Scholars of the patristic era have paid more attention to the dogmatic tradition in their period than to the development of Christian mystical theology. This book aims to redress the balance. Recognizing that the intellectual form of this tradition was decisively influenced by Platonic ideas of the soul’s relationship to God, the book begins with an examination of Plato and Platonism. The discussion of the Fathers which follows shows how the mystical tradition is at the heart of their thought and how the dogmatic tradition both moulds and is the reflection of mystical insights and concerns. Th ... More

Keywords: Platonism, God, soul, Christian spirituality, mystical theology, dogmatic theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Louth, author
Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham
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