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Ritual as erotic anagogy in Pseudo-Dionysius: a Reformed critique

Darley, A.P. (2018) Ritual as erotic anagogy in Pseudo-Dionysius: a Reformed critique. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. ISSN 2169-2327

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/21692327.2017.1387805

Abstract

Martin Luther famously denounced Pseudo-Dionysius as ‘downright dangerous; he Platonizes more than he Christianizes.’ In this 500th year of the Reformation I critically examine Luther’s judgement firstly by exploring the Neoplatonic background to ritual in Dionysius, secondly by presenting a Reformed critique of this background and finally by arguing for a distinctively Christian Dionysius who survives this critique.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Pseudo-Dionysius, ritual, anagogy, agape and eros, Neoplatonism, theurgy, Proclus, sacramental theology, Martin Luther, Reformation, theologia cruxis, monophysitism, Syria
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Alan Darley
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 14:32
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/242

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