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A 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 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. Wonderful book Thank you 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. Goes to the very heart of Christian Life and essential guide to all Christians 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.