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A Eucharistic Ontology: Maximus the Confessor’s Eschatological Ontology of Being as Dialogical Reciprocity

   
Nikolaos Loudovikos
Translated by Elizabeth Theokritoff

“Can we talk about eschatology in an ontological and not merely historical or existential way? If this is a deep yet hidden desire of the twentieth century’s eschatological thought[...], then we still need to read authors such as St. Maximus the Confessor. But our first surprise would then be that the catalyst of this illuminative link between eschatology and ontology is the Eucharist. Western scholars have failed so far to give us an adequate account either of this Father’s eucharistic theology or, still more, any suspicion that this is connected with his ontology and his eschatology. No doubt that the Eucharist has been an original element of Church’s self-awareness (everyone knows that today!) but no one could probably articulate this in purely ontological language—being as an event of ‘enkoinonetic’ becoming, of becoming-in-communion in Christ and life as gift-sharing—before Maximus. And furthermore, being as a dialogical existence which brings to the fore precisely the mode of being which was able to undergo change, forming and deifying created nature without escaping it: the ‘enousion’ person, person-in-essence.”
—“Introduction: Toward a New Understanding of Eschatology?”

CONTENTS

Foreword
Introduction
   Toward a New Understanding of Eschatology?
Chapter 1
   Maximus’s Eucharistic Theology and Its Ontological Dimensions
      1. Maximus’s Eucharistic Theology and the Scholars Who Have Studied It
      2. “Eucharistic Communion” and the “Eucharistic Becoming” of Things
      3. The Areopagitic Legacy in Maximus and How He Develops It
      4. The Providence and Economy of God Summed Up in the Eucharist
      5. Eucharistic Enlightenment
      6. The Existential Degrees of Eucharistic Incorporation
      7. The Eucharistic Doctrine of the Circulation of Being as Gift and the Person
      8. Priesthood as the “Instrument” of the Eucharist
      9. The Two-Way Hermeneutical Connection between Eucharistic Theology and the Theology of the Logoi of Things
Chapter 2
   The Being of Things and Its Logoi
      1. Outline of an “Ontology”
      2. Being, Well-being, Eternal Being. The Eleven Triads
      3. According to Nature, Contrary to Nature. The Link between Ontology and Ethics: The “Internalization of Ontology”
      4. Principles of Providence and Principles of Judgment: The Uncreated Foundations of the “Natural”
      5. Principle of Nature—Mode of Existence. The Person in Maximus’s Ontology
      6. The Place of the Theology of the Logoi in Interpreting the Uncreated Energies of God
      7. The Existential Manifestation of the Logoi of Entities as Powers of the Soul
Chapter 3
   The Communion of Entities through Their Logoi
      1. The Ontological Foundations of Communion
      2. Providence as the Uncreated Foundation of Communion
      3. Christ as the Mystagogue of the (Eschatological) Union in Communion
      4. Communion as Love. Eucharistic Love
      5. Asceticism as the Existential Foundation for Communion
      6. Cosmological Unity
      7. The Person as the Locus and Mode of Communion among Entities
Chapter 4
   The Becoming of Entities through Their Logoi
      1. The Philosophy of Movement in St. Maximus
      2. Will and Movement. Personal Movement and Prayer
      3. Movement as Ek-stasis. Ek-static Love
      4. Ek-static Love as Becoming-in-Communion. Eucharistic Becoming
Chapter 5
   The Eucharistic Ontology of Becoming in Communion, as an Ontology of Dialogical Reciprocity
      1. The Original Traditional Philosophical Contrast between Being and Becoming
      2. The Identification of Being with Communion, and Its Basis in the Divine Eucharist
      3. The Introduction of Becoming into Being through Eucharistic Communion: The Eucharistic Ontology of Becoming-in-Communion as an Ontology of Dialogical Reciprocity
Chapter 6
   Theopoiia, the Other Side of Theo-Humanity: Some Remarks on the Western Future of Eucharistic Ontology
      1. Introduction
      2. The Khora of Another Intentionality
      3. Analogy with or without Dialogue?
      4. The Supernatural Nature of Natural
      5. The God Who May Be or the God Who May Act?
      6. Beyond Immanence, Before Transcendence
      7. Desire Creator
      8. Theopoiia, the Other Side of Theo-Humanity
Index

Item Number: BKHCB420
Publication Data: Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2010
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: x + 255
Dimensions (l × w × h): 23.0 cm × 15.3 cm × 1.6 cm
ISBN-13: 978‒1‒935317‒08‒1
ISBN-10: 1‒935317‒08‒3

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