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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor$
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Torstein Tollefsen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.001.0001

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The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings

The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings

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(p.64) 3 The Logos, the logoi, and Created Beings
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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor
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Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.003.0003

The Logos is the centre of all the logoi, i.e. the divine acts of will that are eternally conceived but expressed at the moment of creation. Through the logoi a well-ordered cosmos is instituted. The logoi are the principles behind procession (creation) and convertion, and behind the metaphysical structure that Maximus calls expansion and contraction. The chapter ends with a discussion of the ontological structure of created being, especially of rational nature, i.e. man.

Keywords:   centre, cosmos, creation, expansion‐contraction, Logos–logoi, logoi, ontological structure of created being, procession‐conversion

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