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Concerned With The Fundamental Questions Of Theology, Lossky Addresses The Following Can We Really Know God How Are We To Understand The Relation Of Creation To The Creator Where Is It That We Are To Find The Heart Of The Christian Message In The Process Of Answering Questions Such As These, The Author Shows The Doctrinal Issues Are Not Just Abstract Propositions For Theological Debate But Affect The Whole Of Church Life

7 thoughts on “In the Image and Likeness of God

  1. Mr B Mr B says:

    Having read Louth s Theology of the Orthodox church which is very accessible, I then found myself moving on to Lossky s Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church , which demanded some reflection as part of the reading process, to this collection of twelve essays on this doctrinal element, which perhaps has had a greater traditional profile in the Orthodox Church than the Church of Rome It would be beyond the scope of this review to consider the Icon, which while associated with the Byzantine epoch and the Orthodox Tradition, does have its parallels in the Roman Catholic Tradition the beautiful Madonna s of Duccio in Sienna Museum, for example A key element in Bernard of Clairvaux s theology, lies in this concept of likeness drawn from Genesis I 26 27 Likeness is not an anthropomorphic conception, which traditional representational arts like painting or sculpture refer to, such as in Nicholas of Cusa s De Imago Dei St John however, is very clear No man has seen God at any time So what is in this image and this likeness It, according to Bernard is quite simple we can move in our growth and development towards likeness, or we can degenerate into unlikeness an image cannot be the same of that which it is an image of, any than a likeness does not assume a sameness Much of Orthodox Theology is concerned with this move towards likeness Nowadays when we say Catholic, we refer to the Church of Rome, but originally as used by the Fathers of the First and Second centuries it meant church or ecclesia as in the Nicene Creed, and there was no east and west The Church of Rome aimed to emulate Classical Rome in terms of authority, administration, ideology, and bureaucracy The Orthodox Church, by contrast, has managed to maintain its essential simplicity, without any dramatic Renaissances or Reformations there has been no fallible Popes, traditions have been respected, but there also has been continual inquiry, and despite the apparent multiplicity of the Eastern Churches, there is unanimity of purpose and theology, consistent, and free from any apparent or dramatic schisms.There seems little point in providing summaries of all the essays, in a review, but some samples might give the flavor the numbers refer to the essay chapter numbers 1 The negative way of the knowledge of God is an ascendant undertaking of the mind that progressively eliminates all positive attributes of the object it wishes to attain, in order to culminate finally in a kind of apprehension by supreme ignorance of Him who cannot be an object of knowledge This is apophasis or negative theology The apophasis of the Old Testament which expressed itself in the prohibition of all images, was suppressed by the fact that the image of the substance of the Father revealed Himself, having assumed human nature The way of knowing God goes from the one Spirit, through the one Son, to the one Father citing St Basil Lossky then focuses on two theologians Clement of Alexandria, and Dionysius the Areopegite, in considering Trinitarian theology, while noting the extent to which the apophatic approach can be found in Ennead Six 2 In dealing with the knowledge of God, it is impossible to talk about darkness without talking about light simultaneously thus as we consider the question of darkness in relation to knowledge of God in the thought of the patristic age, we shall be dealing with darkness in connection with light The third essay continues with the theology of light in the thought of St Gregory Palamas, whose connection with Mt Athos is legendary, and Lossky uses this essay to very strongly make the point that the Orthodox Tradition is not interested in fine distinctions between theology and mysticism as perhaps it could be argued the Roman Church does, or perhaps accurately, recognizes distinctions between types of theology I found this chapter challenging what I had previously thought theology was, illuminating the possibility of a reframing that had never been considered before.The cover blurb puts many of the essay titles in the form of simple questions Can we know God How can we understand the relationship between the creation and the Creator Where can we find the heart of the Christian message His uncompromising faithfulness to scriptural and patristic tradition, coupled with his constant concern for an articulate Orthodox witness, are indispensible for understanding the theology of the Eastern Church Clearly the target audience would be among those who follow the Orthodox tradition, but the wider audience would be those who belong to other traditions, and find the Orthodox tradition perhaps a modern enigma The essays have untitled sub sections which would facilitate a slower and much reflective reading What is different here, in contrast to other non Orthodox theologians I have come across, is not the level erudition and scholarship, but that the whole tone is refreshingly non academic, so that somehow, there is an engagement of the heart before the head, and that can only mean that the writing has been informed by experience The fact that his doctoral thesis was on Eckhart came as no surprise, while this collection is so much than was expected.

  2. orthcrg orthcrg says:

    Goes to the very heart of Christian Life and essential guide to all Christians

  3. benjamin benjamin says:

    This collection of essays by Vladimir Lossky one of Eastern Orthodoxy s greatest 20th century voices is a fine complement to his popular book which is a modern classic , The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church It is important to note that this book is not about Orthodox anthropology that is, the theology of human nature and although the essays within this volume do touch upon various facets of this theme, only a few of them do so explicitly Several essays deal with the Trinity and apophatic theology, the meaning of deification, and ecclesiology the study of the Church Largely technical in nature, for those that wish to dig a bit deeply into Orthodox thinking, this is a fine volume to do so with.Lossky is one of those authors that, for myself at least, seems to range between two poles the technically dry and the thrillingly illuminating Some of this has to do with his own beliefs concerning theological method There is nothing dangerous, contrary to true theology, than a superficial clarity at the expense of profound analysis 170 When Lossky reaches profundity and he does so repeatedly throughout the essays in this volume, particularly in his discussions of the meaning of Tradition it is like standing on the highest mountain peak in the mountain range This can make the rest of his writing seem like a valley, but the journey is well worth wading through some of the difficult and dry material within.As with all Orthodox theologians, Lossky spends a good bit of time with the Church Fathers The first essay, Apophasis and Trinitarian Theology , and the second essay, Darkness and Light in the Knowledge of God , traverse similar ground as they look at what is often called mystical theology the interplay between the theological language of presence of transcendence, excess and seeming absence Between the affirmative cataphatic and negative apophatic , Lossky points like St Dionysius the Aeropagite who figures prominently here to the God who is beyond both affirmation and negation These essays are followed by an essay on the theology of transfigured light in St Gregory Palamas and an essay on the procession of the Holy Spirit in Eastern thought In both essays, the cataphatic and apophatic are again drawn together and shown as being equally necessary to each other and to us now today.Salvation deification theosis, becoming by grace what God is by nature is the theme of the next three essays Perhaps this is necessary, for having contemplated God we now move on to contemplate human nature and its relation to the Trinity This move is made in the double paradox of God s kenotic descent into humanity which draws humanity up into God s life Within this incarnational descent and graced ascent, the Orthodox understanding of humanity emerges a bit clearly the possibility of union with God on the one hand, or a falling into a region of dissimilarity on the other hand The image of God, which we are, can attain to likeness because of Christ, or fall into the unlikeness of sin and death.It is his reflections upon Tradition that I have found to be the richest Particularly illuminating is the Trinitarian interplay he finds the Scriptures are Christological, while Tradition is Pneumatological Yet, their substance is one, for the both seek to bring us to the Father Rather than allowing Scripture, Tradition, the Church and Sacraments to be all pitted against one another, Lossky shows that Tradition tells us not only what we must hear but, still importantly, how we must keep what we hear 198 Thus, all that the Church has is deeply interconnected with everything else If all is not received, we will eventually find that nothing is received.The essays here can be read together or separately, although it makes the most sense to read them in order, for they ultimately witness to a whole that is greater than their own unity Perhaps they ought to be considered as an invitation to participation in the fullness of liturgy and sacrament, learning what and how to received that which has been given Particularly for Western Christians, dipping into the thought of our Eastern brothers and sisters can be both exhilarating and bewildering There are few guides to the East that have been as widely hailed as Vladimir Lossky, and this collection of essays, along with his The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, are a fine place to start.

  4. Stephen Long Stephen Long says:

    This series of essays which was compiled by Lossky himself contains a great deal of insights into the topics treated including Trinitarian theology, anthropology, Mariology and ecclesiology As always Lossky shows an incredible knowledge of Patristic theology, while keeping apophatic theology and deification central to his thought While the book doesn t quite back the inspirational power of his famous Mystical Theology , the essays do connect well if you follow his nuance and for my money it is still one of the best theology books I have read Blessings.

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  6. busyinbville busyinbville says:

    This book helps one understand the significance of being created in the image of God Understanding this topic helps one fully develop his or her relationship with God.

  7. Ruben & Suzanne Ruben & Suzanne says:

    Wonderful book Thank you