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date: 14 November 2019

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The lengthy Ambigua ad Iohannem 7 was occasioned by an old question concerning the purpose of the body and physicality in God’s plan for human life, and unfolds therefore as a detailed discussion on spiritual anthropology and Maximus’ vision of creaturely existence. It proposes a strikingly Christocentric anthropology according to which the Incarnation proleptically maps out, as it were, and newly actualizes in corporeal contours humanity’s original transcendent vocation. The anthropological vision expressed here is not restricted to the terms provided by biblical theology, but draws creatively on the conceptual framework of both Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy in order to weave a compelling synthesis. Into the ontological interiority of the human being as created participation in God, Maximus inserts the dynamism of history and development, opening up a space to articulate human spiritual progress in terms of drama and discovery, freedom and fulfilment.

Keywords: Christocentric anthropology, freedom, spiritual progress, Platonism, Aristotle

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