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Theophany and Asceticism in John Scottus Eriugena

Published Online: 28 Aug 2020
Page range: 295 - 316
Journal Details
License
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Journal
eISSN
2359-8107
First Published
15 Mar 2013
Publication timeframe
3 times per year
Languages
English, German
Abstract

Theophany is a central concept in Eriugena’s spirituality and it has been comprehensively treated so far from a theoretical point of view. The present study aims at investigating John Scottus’s ‘practical’, i.e. ascetical, perspective. My hypothesis is that for Eriugena contemplation is always dependent on practice, to such an extent that his theophanic mysticism should be considered together with his asceticism. Given that John Scottus’s asceticism is not always systematically displayed, I assembled a number of ascetical aspects of his practical spirituality and organized them into two categories: (1) negative aspects of asceticism: repentance, purgation, mortification, and (2) positive aspects of asceticism: virtues, grace, and sacraments. All these ascetical aspects are presented in close connection to Eriugena’s ultimate spiritual purpose, which is attaining God in the highest theophanies.

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