Byzantine Gospel: Maximus the Confessor in Modern by Aidan Nichols

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71. hin her life not what is singular, idion, but that is koinon, 'cornmon '. 7:~ Heresyfor Maximus is a negation of catholic C0111ITIUnion by misplaced particularity. " But what is heresy, and what orthodoxy? Maximus replies, the catholic, concordan t. 7:) Such apostolicity offaith has t\VO aspects: not only rnust what is believed and taught today in the Church be founded on the apostolic preaching, but the continuity of the apostolic faith with its conteruporary expression must. be established byway of those who, historically, provide for the Church a continuance of the apostolic succession.

With this kind of knowledge we are furnished in the present life. The other, assuredly veracious, consists purely in experience in act, without reason or concepts, and it gains in an integral fashion the perception of what is known, through grace, by participation. " Ratiocinative, intellectual knowledge is distinguishable, in other words, by its rclativitywhcn compared with the perceptual, cxper icn rial knowledge that is the eschatological gift of God. s. Such thinking is SU1111110ned to transcend itselfin a union with God of a more than conceptual kind.

Has the pcnver of death in the law is the letter, just as, on the other hand, what has intrinsic life-g"i\'ing po\ver in the law is the spirit. hro"tlgh their relation with the letter as with the earth .... They do grievous harm, since they offer many occasions for confirrning the incredulity of the Je\vs. he Bible belongs, however. to the wider con text. his clocui IH~. In or '! 'Lbid. r)() (PC 90. jl)-,I(lHC): lhe in l('rll~\1 t'ilat ion oll'uul is from II COJ"il1l11 i;lIlS :1. fl. ant (and commentators on Maxirnus' exegetical methods recur to Kantian language at various points) three realities are said to offer themselves for our immediate consideration: oneself; the created order at large; and the Scriptures.

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