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date: 23 September 2020

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Thanks to his identification with the judge whom St. Paul converted on the Areopagus, Ps-Dionysius is located within the neo-Platonic tradition, and thus in a neutral time-period that affords him both authority and freedom. But the contents of the Corpus dionysiacum are more expressive than that label indicates: ‘Dionysius’ is a student of Proclus as much as of St. Paul, and so deserves the double title of ‘neo-Platonic Christian’. This chapter considers the Christology and negative theology in Maximus’ Ambigua, and the ecclesiology and creed in the Mystagogia, and compares them with similar concepts in the works of Ps-Dionysius the Areopagite, the sixth-century neo-Platonist philosopher and theologian.

Keywords: Christology, Mystagogia, Ambigua, ecclesiology, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, neo-Platonism, creed

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