By Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim
Trans. and ed. through Boris Jakim
The current quantity represents the main colossal theological contribution in Pavel Florensky’s nice multi-volume “anthropidicy,” on the Watersheds of notion: the weather of a Concrete Metaphysics. Florensky argues that his epoch (the early twentieth century) bore witness to a non secular shift towards a revitalized Christian world-understanding. nowa days, the Renaissance world-understanding, that's anti-Christian in nature and whose treasure lies in guy, had changed the Medieval world-understanding, that is Christian in nature and whose treasure lies in God. however the rationalistic Renaissance tradition used to be now coming to an finish, to get replaced by means of a brand new heart a while, a coming interval to be characterised by means of the fusion of technology and mystical faith—an epoch of discontinuity, of abrupt leaps into fact rooted within the lifetime of the spirit, destined to exchange the previous mechanistic world-view. this alteration, Florensky continues, will contact on each element of lifestyles and each self-discipline of data. A revitalized Christianity will emerge for you to locate its experiential validation either in mysticism and in clinical inquiry.
"Pavel Florensky used to be probably the most very important thinkers in the Russian sophiological culture. This welcome new translation of a variety of his essays offers a very good advent to his notion, whose relevance to the early twenty first is even improved than its relevance to the early twentieth century."--JOHN MILBANK, collage of Nottingham, writer of Theology and Social Theory
"The current volume--another necessary translation by means of Boris Jakim--displays not just Florensky's boldness of suggestion, but additionally the real expansiveness of his wisdom in such disparate domain names of research as patristics, linguistics, paintings historical past, mathematical thought, philosophy, and clinical method."--ROBERT F. SLESINSKI, writer, Pavel Florensky: A Metaphysics of Love
"Boris Jakim's translation, bright and actual as constantly, represents a priceless first step in the direction of the dissemination of Pavel Florensky's later suggestion. The e-book of Florensky's later paintings will stimulate a considerable re-examination of Florensky as a philosopher."--ROBERT chook, division of Slavic Languages and Literatures, college of Chicago
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It not only symbolizes, but is the thing symbolized. The liturgical actions are not mere imita-tions of things that occurred in the past; nor are they the things themselves. For example, in the service celebrated on 25 December the Church tells us insistently that Christ’s Nativity occurs here and now. Christ is born here and now. . But Christ was also born only once; this was a unique event. ppp  Lecture Two that the Nativity of Christ, which took place on December 25, occurs here and now in the liturgy, at the present time; it is not a mere remembrance of an event that once took place, but something more real.
Contemporary tendencies aver that the Church is we, the believers. But this is a Protestant opinion. The Church does not exist because we are members of her; she does not owe her existence to us. On the contrary, she is  Lecture Three a metaphysical form, and we can be members of her or not members of her; the Church’s metaphysical reality does not suffer any loss from this. ” The use of the article makes these expressions non-identical. A definite article is not placed before the predicate, since the subject is that which is subsumed under the concept of the predicate.
In Him is the fullness of humanity. He is the idea of the Man, of the Man with a capital letter. The Apostle Paul’s idea is that we commune with the Body of Christ insofar as we participate in it. We by ourselves are not the Body of Christ; rather, the Eucharistic Gifts are the Very Body of Christ. The Greek has an article here. The Church is the Body of Christ, and we commune with the Church. We are ekklesia (without the article). Renaissance culture is marked by the idea of continuity as opposed to discontinuity.
At the Crossroads of Science & Mysticism: On the Cultural-Historical Place and Premises of the Christian World-Understanding by Pavel Florensky, Boris Jakim