By Valentina Izmirlieva
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The discovery of true humanity, however, lies in the potential to break out of the constraints of humanness—logic, language, meaning—and become like the divine, knowing not only the distinction between good and evil, but also the collapse of these distinctions in goodness itself.
6 Both John and Maximus accepted without reservation the apostolic authorship of the works and convincingly defended their orthodoxy. Thus they secured a place for the Dionysian corpus in the mainstream of the patristic tradition and opened the door for its continuing impact on later theological thought. After them, and especially after the inclusion of Dionysius in the definitive dogmatic summary, The Orthodox Faith, by John of Damascus (ca. 675–ca. 7 New commentaries proliferated, too many to be listed here in full, though the names of some of the authors alone command respect: Albert the Great (ca.
But then the commentators stepped in. 31 This symbiosis between text and exegesis was a most productive collaboration indeed. 33 Still, the major consequence was political. The continual interpretive effort of Christian thinkers who labored in the margins of the Areopagitical corpus shifted this once “marginal” work to the center of Orthodoxy, and its unknown author was crowned for at least a millennium with an authority second only to Scripture itself. Fig. 2. Marginal drawing of St. Dionysius Areopagite in a Greek manuscript of the Areopagite Corpus from the Monastery of St.