Maximus the Confessor

Feast of St Hilary the Wonderworker
Maximus the Confessor (Routledge Early Church Fathers) by Andrew Louth

Louth_Maximus_square.jpegST MAXIMUS was a seventh-century Byzantine aristocrat—he was at one time Secretary to the Emperor—who became a monk and one of the most celebrated Byzantine theologians. A prolific writer, he was famous for, among other things, his important contributions to the Christological debate (he opposed Monothelitism) that led up to the decisions of the Sixth Ecumenical Council. Louth's book falls into two parts. The first introduces us to Maximus and outlines his spiritual doctrines, understanding of Christ, and cosmic theology. The second half translates a number of Maximus' shorter theological writings—a wonderful introduction to a figure whose work and influence are the center of a resurgence of interest and appreciation in contemporary patristic studies.

230 pp. paper $41.95

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