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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth: An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters

The Pillar and Ground of the Truth: An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters (PDF ebook)

By Florensky, Pavel

Pavel Florensky--certainly the greatest Russian theologian of the last century--is now recognized as one of Russia's greatest polymaths. Known as the Russian Leonardo da Vinci, he became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artisti...c, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested briefly by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of corrective labor in Siberia. There he continued his scientific work and ministered to his fellow prisoners until his death four years later. This volume is the first English translation of his rich and fascinating defense of Russian Orthodox theology. Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of twelve letters to a "brother" or "friend," who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to Florensky's work is an exploration of the various meanings of Christian love, which is viewed as a combination of philia (friendship) and agape (universal love). Florensky is perhaps the first modern writer to explore the so-called "same-sex unions," which, for him, are not sexual in nature. He describes the ancient Christian rites of the adelphopoiesis (brother-making), joining male friends in chaste bonds of love. In addition, Florensky is one of the first thinkers in the twentieth century to develop the idea of the Divine Sophia, who has become one of the central concerns of feminist theologians.
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ISBN 9780691187990
Published 5 Jun 2018
Publisher Princeton University Pre
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780691187990
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Status Wheelers ePlatform
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Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 5 Jun 2018
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Format PDF ebook
Author(s) By Florensky, Pavel
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Orthodox Churches
Christian theology
Number of Pages Not specified
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Dewey Code 230.1947
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Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years