The Pillar and Ground of the Truth Paperback

An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters

by Pavel Florensky;

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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

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Pavel Florensky - certainly the greatest Russian theologian of the last century - is now recognized as one of Russia's greatest polymaths. Known as the Russian Leonardo da Vinci, he became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artistic, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested briefly by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of corrective labor in Siberia. There he continued his scientific work and ministered to his fellow prisoners until his death four years later. This volume is the first English translation of his rich and fascinating defense of Russian Orthodox theology.Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of twelve letters to a 'brother' or 'friend,' who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to Florensky's work is an exploration of the various meanings of Christian love, which is viewed as a combination of philia (friendship) and agape (universal love). Florensky is perhaps the first modern writer to explore the so-called 'same-sex unions,' which, for him, are not sexual in nature.He describes the ancient Christian rites of the adelphopoiesis (brother-making), joining male friends in chaste bonds of love. In addition, Florensky is one of the first thinkers in the twentieth century to develop the idea of the Divine Sophia, who has become one of the central concerns of feminist theologians.

The Pillar and Ground of the Truth by Pavel Florensky was published by University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton in March 2004 and is our 52570th best seller. The ISBN for The Pillar and Ground of the Truth is 9780691117676.

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Details for The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton (March 2004)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages624
Thickness34 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1154494
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