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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
 

An English translation of Pavel Florensky's defence of Russian Orthodox theology. Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of 12 letters to a brother or friend , who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to the work is an exploration of the meanings of Chris... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780691187990
Published 5 June 2018
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Florensky, Pavel
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ISBN-13 9780691187990
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Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 5 June 2018
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Format PDF ebook
Author(s) By Florensky, Pavel
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Philosophy
Christianity
Orthodox Churches
Christian theology
Number of Pages Not specified
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Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Dewey Code 230.1947
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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, artistic, 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review "Jakim has provided a thoughtful and accurate translation. . . . Bringing a project like this to completion is a monumental achievement."---Steven Cassedy, Russian Review

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Author's Bio

Boris Jakim is an experienced translator of Russian religious thought. In addition to Florensky's work, he has translated the works of S. L. Frank, Vladimir Solovyov, and Sergius Bulgakov. He is also cotranslator of Ivan Goncharov's novel The Precipice.

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