John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus: Annotating the by Paul Rorem
By Paul Rorem
This publication casts mild at the determine of John of Scythopolis, the sixth-century theologian who composed a sequence of annotations to the works attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite (whose conversion by way of St Paul is pointed out in Acts 17: 34). It surveys John's resources, equipment, and doctrinal issues within the context of the real theological debates that wracked the jap church buildings within the aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon.
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as prompt via the author,was not often the case. we've modern pictures of Francis exhibiting in a different way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries comparable to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back recommended by way of the writer, is uncertain. there's no proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this kind of small city, it is going to were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there isn't any list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there's no indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct pertaining to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of background, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) certain, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a be aware indicates a life-style which could not often painting the Francis of Assisi of historic checklist. convinced, he went to conflict yet we haven't any inspiration of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not recognize. We do understand he used to be attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as cross at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted through a paranormal occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as recommended by means of the writer. Francis concept in a different way. the matter right here seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something will be stated approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't reside as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to make sure a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably proposal as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthwhile until eventually the Muslims approved the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't pontificate opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this skill, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many sturdy books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in every of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which could understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to claim this isn't sturdy historical past. it really is sloppy historical past reflecting the emotions of the current into the prior. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of historical past yet supply it one megastar for the canopy and one megastar for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?
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3), it does not really seem to be of much doctrinal significance to him. Certainly the Scholia do not accord angelic minds the measure of attention they give to the doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ. 80 SchDN316. 4, cf 329. 1 and 332. 1. -43- reference thus previews John's concern for the doctrine of creation, for the world brought forth by God ex nihilo. John's list of doctrinal issues concludes with a reference to the 'general resurrection' of body and soul and the judgement of the just and the unjust.
Cyril, Life of Sabas 83-4 (ed. Schwartz), 188 . 3-24. For historical details on the outbreak of the Origenist crisis in 6thcent. Palestine, Antoine Guillaumont, Les 'Képhalaia Gnostica' d'Évagre le Pontique el l'histoire de l'origénisme ( Paris, 1962), 128 -33. SchCH76. 7, SchDN337. 5, SchEP 549. 6. , 1995), 385-402. SchEH 176. 3. Cyril, Life of Sabas 84 (ed. Schwartz), 189. 14-22, cf Guillaumont, Képhalaia Gnostica, 131. To date the only detailed studies of this text are those by Beate Regina Suchla, "'Die Überlieferung des Prologs des Johannes von Skythopolis zum griechischen Corpus Dionysiacum Areopagiticum'", NAWG ( 1984), 4: 176-88; "'Eine Redaktion des griechischen Corpus Dionysiacum Areopagiticum im Umkreis des Johannes von Skythopolis, des Verfassers von Prolog und Scholien'", NAWG ( 1985), 4: 177-93; and "'Verteidigung eines platonischen Denkmodells einer christlichen Welt'", NAWG ( 1995), 1: 1-28.
Indeed, I suppose that you will grant this, since you have not completely separated yourself [from the truth]. Will you not call such providence the activity of God? And with this you will not dispute, since not even now do you want to fight so openly against the divinity. Therefore you will grant that the activity of the God and Incarnate one is unceasing. Would you say that the intelligent soul hypostatically united with him thought or was not able to think? If, on the one hand, it was not able to think, you have fallen in with the blasphemy of Apollinaris, your father, who said that the humanity united with the God-Word was without a mind.