57) In his turn Dionysius the Areopagite wrote that the exemplars of everything preexist as a transcendent unity within the Cause and produce the essences of things.
The triadic Neoplatonist cosmology of an eternally remaining first principle (mone), a procession (proodos) thereof through the forms into their effects, and a return (epistrophe) of the effects through the forms to the first principle would be adopted by Dionysius the Areopagite throughout his theology, while expressing it in Christian terms.
Thomson, The Armenian Version of the Works Attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite
, Louvain, 1987, CSCO 488,489, Scriptores Armeniaci 17, 18.
How angels, which have strong connotations of pagan idolatry, came to be represented at all in Christian imagery Peers investigates in his inquiry into the theology of Pseudo Dionysius the Areopagite
(among others), who sees them as a means to spiritual engagement with the divine.
There are two pieces on Dionysius the Areopagite
, both given at a Master-theme at the Eleventh Patristics Conference in Oxford in 1991.
Symbol & icon; Dionysius the Areopagite
and the iconoclastic crisis.
00--In the earlier part of the sixth century, John of Scythopolis collected and edited the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite.
This work will surely prove to be a standard not only for those interested in the figures of Dionysius the Areopagite and John of Scythopolis, but for anyone wrestling with the numerous and diverse Christological claims made during the century after Chalcedon.
The apophatic motifs in question tend to cluster around the notions of hiddenness and incomprehensibility, while the negative theology in question is that found in such thinkers as Clement of Alexandria, Dionysius the Areopagite
, Meister Eckhart, and Nicholas of Cusa.
John is perhaps better known as the earliest defender of the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite
, which had only recently appeared.
Dionysius the Areopagite
and the Neoplatonist tradition; despoiling the Hellenes.
For the concept of the prima Mens and its definition, reaching back to Saint Augustine and Dionysius the Areopagite
, see Roulier, 227-30, passim.