The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church has ratings and 36 reviews. David said: I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned a. by Vladimir Lossky First published Sort by Teología mística de la Iglesia de Oriente (Paperback) Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit (Paperback). Vladimir Lossky, Teologia mistică a Bisericii de Răsărit, trad. Vasile. Răducă, Editura Anastasia, Bucureşti, , pp. See also David C. Dawson Vásguez.
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Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned about the Orthodox Church and was trying to find out more about. I q remember my reaction to it much other than that I was deeply impressed and completely confused. It’s a bit difficult to read if you are, as I was then, entirely unfamiliar with the history of the Church and with Orthodox theology and terminology. But, now that I’m much more familiar with those, I have to say that this book is amazing.
I think that losssky who I had read this book several years ago when I first had learned about the Orthodox Church and was trying to find out more about. I think that everyone who converts to Orthodoxy should do what I did. Read it as one of the first books you read when becoming Orthodox and after living the Orthodox life for a few years read it again.
It is without doubt the best book on Orthodox spirituality and theology in the English language — the classic and the standard. Oct 17, Marc rated it really liked it Jistica This is a book that changed my life and made me want to be a Christian after years of immersing teoogia in other ‘Eastern’ Religions. This review should be seen in that light and in this respect is deeply personal. How it happened was such- I was actually reading a book on Islamic Gnostic Mysticism, which while profoundly critical of Christianity, had a little note by either Lossky or Von Balthasar This is a book that changed my life and made me want to be a Christian after years of immersing myself in other ‘Eastern’ Religions.
How it happened was such- I was actually reading a book on Islamic Gnostic Mysticism, which while profoundly critical of Mlstica, had a little note by either Lossky or Teologka Balthasar.
Either way, it pointed me to an d by Lossky in Icons. Reading this simple explanation of the image of God by Lossky, incredible as it sounds, there and then almost convinced me that Christianity was true and I’ve never looked back. This book built on that and deepened it much further. In a broad sense, one in which I believe others will agree, herein lies everything ed could ask from a book on Theology.
Although biesricii cradle Roman Catholic this book brought Theology to life for me like no other at the time.
I particularly welcomed the different emphasis on the Transfiguration and the Holy Spirit! Other Christians could gain immeasurably from this The critique of the idea of teolgoia dark night’ was good, but could be balanced out by Merton’s ‘New Seeds Alas, I can’t do justice to this beautiful book here, but would recommend it highly for any Christian seeking of a broader and deeper understanding of the Triune God, in history and beyond it.
All of this, is put forward in a clear, eloquent and passionate witness; needless to say this will not be my last reading of Vladimir Lossky’s Magnum Opus. Sep 24, Sarah rated it really liked it.
When my friend recommended this to me, she warned me that it would be a pretty weird experience. I’ll admit, this one is not for the faint of heart. His sentences are long, and his pages are dense. I had to really concentrate on what he was actually saying.
However, I have to say that I really grew from working through and I mean working through this book. In working through my BA in Bible and Theology at an Evangelical Friends college, I became familiar with the stock headings of systematic t When my friend recommended this to me, she warned me that it would be a pretty weird experience.
In working through my BA in Bible and Theology at an Evangelical Friends college, I became familiar with the stock headings of systematic theology. I waited for the usual “heading Instead, Lossky gives us the story of the Trinity. What I appreciated most what that each chapter leads to the next, and each chapter builds on one another. Once i nisericii to catch on, I was on the edge of my seat. Oh, and the last chapter on Divine Light is so worth mistida wait.
Based on how my understanding was able to grow, having no exposure to Eastern Orthodoxy, I think this book is quite friendly to those of us who teologiq, spiritually-speaking, born and raised in the Roman Catholic or Protestant traditions. But his exposition is intricate and dense, so be prepared to be patient.
If you are not a Christian, but are just seeking information, this is also a good one, although his references biericii “the west” and how they do things as opposed to the East might be confusing. You probably need previous general knowledge of the Christian faith to get through this book. If you are not a Christian, but are seeking potentially to become one, don’t let this book scare you away. Understanding the dense theological jargon is not required to become a Christian. There are other books out there that are more user-friendly.
Herein lies Lossky’s biserjcii. We cannot think we are spiritual people if we avoid Scripture and theology. We cannot think we are theological people if we avoid spirituality.
And so, he shows us how the spirituality of the East formed their theology, and how the theology of the patristic church fathers AD forms the spirituality of those in the Eastern Orthodox faith. He shows us how the doctrine of the Trinity pervades every aspect of Orthodox life and it’s beautiful, if you were wondering.
He does not, however, go much into Eastern liturgy, practices, or symbols much. He doesn’t really talk about icons and such. He doesn’t give a description of what the Easter vigil looks like or why they use incense I still don’t know.
The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
I don’t think this was a short-coming. I can visit an Orthodox liturgy and badger the priest there with all those types of questions. What I can’t get in a sit-down conversation is the conversation Lossky has with the readers.
Lossky lays the foundation for readers so that the answers an eastern orthodox priest would give me will make deeper sense. I’ve bisericki away from this book spiritually enriched, feeling a deep sense of kinship with those I know who worship in Orthodox churches.
We do, indeed, worship this same Christ.
The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky
Jan 04, Harry Allagree rated it it was amazing. If the contents of Vladimir Lossky’s “essay”, as he calls it, were actual food, I think I’d be suffering from gout by now…it is so, so rich! Though I have great respect for great Western theologians such as St. Lossky’s explanation of basic catholic small “c”i. Bear in mind, that this was first published at Paris in ! Sep 02, Marcelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a great book that brings the day-to-day living of Christianity to new heights – heights that have been marginalized or lost in the Western world, even within Christianity itself.
Dec 17, Ashraf Bashir rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the “must read”; to understand Orthodoxy! View all 3 comments.
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Apr 04, Brian Cubbage rated it really liked it. Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned overview of Eastern Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Bisericki Catholic and Dee spirituality. I liked it, and found it interesting, but I found its rhetorical style off-putting.
I am not sure what it was about writers in 20th-century France that led them to write everything like a passive-aggressive polemic, but whatever it was, it detracted from the book for me. It’s clear that Lossky wants to “work on” the reader, and I Lossky’s work is a useful, impassioned overview of Mistia Orthodox theology and spirituality and what makes it different from Roman Catholic and Western spirituality.
It’s clear that Lossky wants to “work on” the reader, and I guess that’s fine; however, I would prefer not to get worked on like this. Apr 16, John added it Shelves: Dense, difficult, and occasionally overwhelming, Lossky’s Mystical Theology is dee of the twentieth century’s most important works of Eastern Orthodox theology. Lossky, in line with other twentienth-century Orthodox, probably overstates the difference between East and West in both theological method and doctrine.
Still, he captures the organic quality of Orthodoxy–the interconnectedness of dogma, ritual, and mysticism–as well as any other writer who has tackled this subject.
Sep 01, Drew rated it it was amazing Shelves: A beautiful monograph on Eastern Christianity. Drawing on ancient and contemporary sources, Lossky outlines Orthodox dogma – not as a collection of dry doctrines, but as a spirituality whose high goal is union with God. This book drew my life further into the hesychastic fashion of life. I’m making no pretense that I am well developed in this. The point is that I am deeply interested. Apr 02, Adam DeVille, Ph.