Ever-Moving Repose: A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor's Theory of Time
Sotiris Mitralexis offers a contemporary look at Maximus the Confessor's (580-662 CE) understanding of temporality, logoi, and deification, through the perspective of contemporary philosopher and theologian Christos Yannaras, as well as John Zizioulas and Nicholas Loudovikos. Mitralexis argues that Maximus possesses both a unique theological ontology and a unique threefold theory of temporality: time, the Aeon, and the radical transformation of temporality and motion in an ever-moving repose. With these three distinct modes of temporality, a Maximian theory of time can be reconstructed, which can be approached via his teaching on the logoi and deification. In this theory, time is not merely measuring ontological motion, but is more particularly measuring a relationship, the consummation of which effects the transformation of time into a dimensionless present devoid of temporal, spatial, and generally ontological distance--thereby manifesting a perfect communion-in-otherness. In examining Maximian temporality, the book is not focusing on only one aspect of Maximus' comprehensive Weltanschauung, but looks at the Maximian vision as a whole through the lens of temporality and motion.
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according to Maximus activities actualized Aeon Amb.Io Ambigua apophatic apophaticism Aristotelian Aristotle Aristotle’s Berthold cause Christ Christology Christos Yannaras circumscribed cival communion Constas constitutes context corruption created createdness creation creatures critical ontology definition deification deprived of motion different distance distinction divine eternal Eucharistic Ontology ever-moving repose everything existential fixity formulations God’s Greek Gregory of Nyssa human person hypostasis hypostatic union Ibid inexistence intelligible John Zizioulas language Loudovikos Louth man’s manifestation Maximian Maximus the Confessor meaning measures mediation mode of existence Monothelitism motionless moved Neoplatonic number numbering of motion one’s participation patristic philosophical Q.Thal reality relation relationship returning motion sensible signify soul space spatial spatio-temporality stance subject substance Th.oec theology things thought tion trans transcends truth uncreated understanding unmoved mover world Zizioulas δὲ εἶναι ἐν ἐνέργειαι ἔρως καὶ καιρὸς κατὰ φύσιν κίνησις λόγοι λόγος νῦν οὐσία πρὸς στάσις ἀεικίνητος τὴν τῆς τὸ τὸν τοῦ τρόπος τῶν χρόνος