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Eucharistic Ontology

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A long-time student of Metropolitan John Zizioulas, Fr. Loudovikos has critically and creatively appropriated the neo-patristic synthesis that has become emblematic of Greece's theological production in the last fifty years while remaining committed to the ongoing dialogue with modern philosophical schools. It is in this engagement with philosophy, grounded in the liturgical life of the Church, where the most promising aspect of Eucharistic Ontology is to be found.



p. ix 

Introduction - Toward a New Understanding of Eschatology?

p. 1

Chapter 1 - Maximus's Eucharistic Theology and Its Ontological Dimensions

1. Maximus' Eucharistic Theology and the Scholars Who Have Studied It

p. 13

2. "Eucharistic Communion" and the "Eucharistic Becoming" of Things

p. 15

3. The Areopagitic Legacy in Maximus and How He Develops It

p. 19

4. The Providence and Economy of God Summed Up in the Eucharist

p. 24

5. Eucharistic Enlightenment

p. 27

6. The Existential Degrees of Eucharistic Incorporation

p. 30

7. The Eucharistic Doctrine of the Circulation of Being as Gift and the Person

p. 36

8. Priesthood as the "Instrument" of the Eucharist

p. 41

9. The Two-Way Hermeneutical Connection between Eucharistic Theology and the Theology of the Logoi of Things

p. 42

Chapter 2 - The Beginning of Things and Its Logoi


1. Outline of an "Ontology"

p. 53

2. Being, Well-being, Eternal Being. The Eleven Triads

p. 76

3. According to Nature, Contrary to Nature. The Link between Ontology and Ethics: The "Internalization of Ontology"

p. 84

4. Principles of Providence and Principles of Judgment: The Uncreated Foundations of the "Natural" 

p. 88

5. Principle of Nature -- Mode of Existence. The Person in Maximus's Ontology

p. 93

6. The Place of the Theology of the Logoi in Interpreting the Uncreated Energies of God

p. 97

7. The Existential Manifestation of the Logoi of Entities as Powers of the Soul

p. 101

Chapter 3 - The Communion of Entities through Their Logoi

1. The Ontological Foundations of Communion

p. 123

2. Providence as the Uncreated Foundation of Communion

p. 128

3. Christ as the Mystogogue of the (Eschatological) Union in Communion

p. 132

4. Communion as Love. Eucharistic Love

p. 139

5. Asceticism as the Existential Foundation for Communion

p. 146

6. Cosmological Unity

p. 148

7. The Person as the Locus and Mode of Communion among Entities

p. 150

Chapter 4 - The Becoming of Entities through Their Logoi

1. The Philosophy of Movement in St. Maximus

p. 165

2. Will and Movement. Personal Movement and Prayer

p. 168

3. Movement as Ek-stasis. Ek-static Love

p. 172

4. Ek-static Love as Becoming-in-Communion. Eucharistic Becoming

p. 177

Chapter 5 - The Eucharistic Ontology of Becoming in Communion, as an Ontology of Dialogical Reciprocity

1. The Original Traditional Philosophical Contrast between Being and Becoming

p. 195

2. The Identification of Being with Communion and Its Basis in the Divine Eucharist

p. 199

3. The Introduction of Becoming into Being through Eucharistic Communion: The Eucharistic Ontology of Becoming-in-Communion as an Ontology of Dialogical Reciprocity

p. 201

Chapter 6 - Theopoiia, the Other Side of Theo-Humanity: Some Remarks on the Western Future of Eucharistic Ontology

1. Introduction

p. 211

2. The Khora of Another Intentionality

p. 212

3. Analogy with or without Dialogue?

p. 217

4. The Supernatural Nature of Natural

p. 220

5. The God Who May Be or the God Who May Act?

p. 229

6. Beyond Immanence, Before Transcendence

p. 233

7. Desire Creator

p. 238

8. Theopoiia, The Other Side of Theo-Humanity

p. 238


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255 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



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6 x 9 x 0.8 inches


Nikolaos Loudovikos

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