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Microcosm and Mediator   Lars Thunberg

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$54.95     paper
512 pages
(November 1995)
 
 
 
 
 

Microcosm and Mediator: The Theological Anthropology of Maximus the Confessor

Lars Thunberg

One of the outstanding Christian thinkers of all time, Maximus the Confessor (ca. 580-662) exerted a powerful formative influence on the Church when it was still one and undivided. Maximus left his stamp on Christianity as it is now recognized by all three broad streams of Christain faith: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant.

Yet for centuries the detailed study of Maximus's writings was neglected. The first edition of Thumberg's Microcosm and Mediator (1965) helped to transform this situation of indifference into one of intense interest in Maximus and the subtleties of his thinking. This new edition has been revised and expanded, with updated references and bibliographies.

The focus of Microcosm and Mediator is Maximus's anthropology, his highly developed general reflections on human nature. Maximus understands man as, not only a beinga microcosmwho reflects the constitution of the created universe, but also as a beinga mediatorcreated in the image of God, who task it is, in Christ, to reconcile the spiritual and the sensible into one homogeneous unity.

          

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