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date: 09 August 2020

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As a well-known monk, Maximus was heir to the long tradition of monastic teaching and practice as described by the great monastic teachers and theorists, as well as the best theological writers of the Greek church. Their influence on his own writings is clearly discernible. It is evident that he read them respectfully, but not necessarily uncritically. As Maximus himself tells the recipient of the Centuries on Love, these represent not the work of his own thought, but selections from the Fathers, summarized for ease of memorizing. The emphasis that he places on love, the biblical agape, is significant, not only in the title but in the content of the chapters. He is, in fact, presenting traditional monastic wisdom, but with a sharper focus on God and the Son he sent to redeem, out of love, a humanity fallen into ignorance and mutual hatred.

Keywords: love, monasticism, wisdom, hatred, ignorance, Centuries on Love

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