|xv who has not seen Him, desires Him as the Good; he who has seen Him, admires Him as the sovereign Beauty; and struck at once with astonishment and pleasure, disdains the things which heretofore he called by the name of Beauty. "The doctrine of the Lord, through the Twelve Apostles, to the Gentiles." 9th. 10. How that vision of the Beautiful is to be attained, Dionysius describes in the "Mystic Theology: "----"But thou, O dear Timothy, by thy persistent commerce with the mystic visions, leave behind both sensible perceptions and intellectual efforts, and all objects of sense and intelligence, and all things not being and being, and be raised aloft agnostically to the union, as attainable, with Him Who is above every essence and knowledge. 6 (Nos. Plotinus remained under him eleven years, until the death of Ammonius, a.d. 242. Clement speaks of Pantaenus as his "great instructor and collaborator." Dionysius, D. N., c. III. Many commentaries were written on them from the 9th cent. Now, by the extract, contained in the Scholia of Maximus, from the Scholia of Dionysius of Alexandria (250) upon the Divine Names, and also by the extract from a letter of the same Dionysius, recently discovered in the British Museum 6 (Nos. If, then, the Bishops of Alexandria and Rome exchanged letters only a few years after the death of Pantaenus, and only seven years after the death of Ammonius, and in those letters affirmed the writings to be undoubtedly written by Dionysius the Areopagite, it would be the height of absurdity to affirm that such writings were unknown to Pantaenus and Ammonius. In the early sixth century, a series of writings of a mystical nature, employing Neoplatonic language to elucidate Christian theological and mystical ideas, was ascribed to the Areopagite. Amelius attended Plotinus twenty-four years as companion and pupil. ", Origen confessed that Pantaenus was his superior in the philosophy of the schools, and that he moulded his teaching upon the model of Pantaenus. 698, Jaffi. Now, if Pantaenus was pupil of those who had seen the Apostles, and yet had, not listened to their oral teaching, it is natural to infer that he was pupil through their writings. II. First, Stoic, then Pythagorean, he became Christian some time before a.d. 186, at which date he was appointed chief instructor in the Didaskeleion,  Is it not, then, a legitimate inference, that when Photius says " that Historical criticism does not permit us to reject probabilities, merely because they confirm the Christian Faith. 6d. "For if the man have passed a life dear to God in soul and body, the body which has contended throughout the Divine struggles will be honoured together with the devout soul.". Dionysius of Alexandria (a.d. 250), writing to Sixtus II., declares that no one can intelligently doubt that the writings are those of Dionysius, the convert of St. Paul, Bishop of Athens. De Civ. |vi by Demetrius, Bishop of Alexandria. xxiii. Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (or Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite) ... Another widely cited latest date for Dionysius' writing comes in 532, when, in a report on a colloquy held between two groups (orthodox and monophysite) debating the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon, Severus of Antioch and his monophysite supporters cited Dionysius' Fourth Letter in defence of their view. On Mystical Theology . 10. k Mansi I. |xvi Epistle to the Colossians, Chap. One tradition is that he was martyred at Athens under Domitian. |xviii Tertullian, expresses the Agnosia "nihil scire omnia scire," Origen quotes him by name. They pretend that the doctrine is too clear and precise to have been written in the apostolic age. He, Hippolitus, "Refutation of all heresies." Rational men will not hazard the surmise that works known in the first century were gleaned from writings composed four hundred years afterwards. e0narxikh_ and even e0narxikw~n u(posta_sewn, "One springing." Dionysius speaks of Almighty God as immanent in matter the most elongated from spirit. Every man ought to begin by rendering himself beautiful and divine to obtain a Vision of the Beautiful and the Deity." The History of Mathurâ (Muttra), by F. S. Growse, on the glorification of the Divine Name. Migne, T. 31. It was probably he who said, "the Prologue of St. John's Gospel ought to be written in gold, and placed in the most conspicuous place in every church." c. 29. On the Celestial Hierarchy, On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, On the Divine Names, On the Mystical Theology were widely read and influential throughout the Middle Ages. He formed an eclectic system from the Old Testament and the Christian Faith, and with Cerinthus and Carpocrates originated many heresies to which the apostolic epistles allude, and which in later times became prominent in the Church. Wherefore, before everything, and especially theology, we must begin with prayer; not as though we ourselves were drawing the power, which is everywhere, and nowhere present, but as, by our godly reminiscences and invocations, conducting ourselves to, and making ourselves one with It. J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia graeca III-V (1857); E. Honigmann, Pierre l’ Ibérien et les écrits du Pseudo-Denys l’ Aréopagite (1952); W. Volker, Kontemplation und Ekstase bei Ps.-Dionysius Areopagita (1958). 1. v. 8), so the Apostles planted the Church of Christ in Gaul, Spain and Britain, with its threefold ministry; and by the end of the second century there was an organised Church throughout each of those territories Persecutors burned the bodies of Christians, but Porphyry sought to undermine their faith in the Holy Scriptures, by quibbles of unbelief, which have been revived to-day as "New Criticism." Tattam, 1845. The "One" represents the Father. 851, A.D. 98. But we do not need to base our proof on mere |viii 251-214.). 7 in the eighth, and Râmânuja in the thirteenth century, and the "Divine Names?" Would you do us the favor of answering this two question poll so we can know how to serve you better? Now, there exist, to this day, the writings of two Presbyters who had seen the Apostles----both, converts to the faith through St. Paul,-----whose writings contain the treasures of the Divine dogmas, received from St. Paul and the other Apostles. p. 271. Author of "Christianity Chronologically Confirmed" &c. Dionysius the Areopagite and the Alexandrine School                                  v, On the Heavenly Hierarchy                         1, On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy               Areopagite were known and treasured in Alexandria a few years after the death of Pantaenus. Phptius records that Pantaenus was pupil of those who had seen the Apostles, but that he certainly had not listened to any of them themselves. Let us then first see what Plotinus teaches respecting the Holy Trinity. For several centuries there had been a Greek preparation for the Alexandrine School. But even this substitution of "One " for "Father" may be traced to Dionysius, who speaks of the Triad, Darras, 1863. Holy Scripture is the sole authority, beyond which we must neither think nor speak of Almighty God. Let Us now hear Plotinus on the "Beautiful" Enneades (I. The tenets of Elymas are described by Hippolytus. 1, Bishop of Hierapolis (fragment V.) says, "the Presbyters, the disciples of the Apostles, say that this is the gradation and method of those who are saved, and that they advance through steps of this nature, and that, moreover, they ascend through the Spirit to the Son, and through the Son to the Father; and that, in due time, the Son will yield up His work to the Father." In a.d. 244, Plotinus began to teach in Rome. It does not pretend to describe the unrevealed God, Who is beyond expression and conception, and can only be known through that union with God, "by which we know, even as we are known." Only unbelief could believe anything so incredible. Dexter, in his Chronicle, collected from the Archives of Toledo and other churches in Spain, gives this testimony:----, " U.C. Historic confusions. of India, pp. Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1899) vol. Plotinus says, "The soul advances in its ascent towards God, until being raised above everything alien, it sees face to face, in His simplicity, and in all His purity, Him upon Whom all hangs, to Whom all aspire; from Whom all hold existence, life and thought. As He commanded the Apostles to preach the Gospel throughout the world, so the Gospel was preached when St. Paul wrote his (Skeffington, 2s. of Persia, signed also as "of the great India." That same Dionysius is traditionally identified with the second-century St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris. |xvi "Goodness turns all things to Itself; all things aspire to It, as source and bond and end. "St. Denys, l'Areopagite, premier Evèque de Paris." Porphyry wrote against the Holy Scriptures with a bitterness engendered by a conviction of their truth.

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