The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity : John Scotus Eriugena's Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John

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SteinerBooks, 2000 - 335 páginas

Includes John Scotus Eriugena's "Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John"

John Scotus Eriugena was born and raised in Ireland during the early ninth century. Neither monk nor priest but a "holy sage," he carried to France the flower of Celtic Christianity. His homily, The Voice of the Eagle, is a jewel of lyrical mysticism, theology, and cosmology, containing the essence of Celtic Christian wisdom. He meditates on the meaning and purpose of creation as revealed by the Word made flesh, distilling into twenty-three short chapters a uniquely Celtic, non-dualistic fusion of Christianity, Platonism, and ancient Irish wisdom.

The translator's "Reflections" make up the second half of this book and attempt to unfold some of the life-giving meaning implicit in Eriugena's luminous sentences. Inspired both by a personal search for a living Christianity and by a sense of the continuity of Western culture, these "Reflections" offer a contemporary, meditative encounter with the Word, or Logos, as mediated by both St. John's Prologue and Eriugena's Celtic homily. This favorite of Celtic Christianity, unavailable for several years, has been revised and includes a new foreword by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Soul of Sex.

C O N T E N T S

Foreword by Thomas Moore
Introductions

The Prologue to the Gospel of St. John
Eriugena's Homily on the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John

REFLECTIONS:
Part One: The Way: Homily Chapters I-V
Part Two: The Word: Homily Chapters VI-XIII
Part Three: The World: Homily Chapters XIV-XXIII

Bibliography:
Editions and Translations
Studies, etc.
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FOREWORD
9
Introduction to the Second Edition
19
Introduction to the First Edition
53
Thc Prologue to the Qofyel oftjobn
65
n O blessedJohn
71
in Both however run
73
The spiritual bird75
75
John therefore
76
PART ONE TheWay HOMILY chapters iv ii7 i TheNewSong
117
The AbsurdPremise i25 3 The Eagle Introduced
127
Animus Anima
131
The Eagle Again
135
The Call of the Eagle
139
You wish to see? Then listen
141
Making the Eagle Fly
143
i0 Visible Invisiblei44
145

In the beginning78
78
vn All things were made through HIM
80
The consequence of the Word
82
What was made in him
84
All things
86
The light of human beings88
88
And the light shone in darkness
90
xni The natural contemplation of these words
92
There was a man sentfrom God
94
John introduces John
96
The true Light
99
xvni He was in the world
102
Three worlds
104
His own
106
The Word made flesh
108
xxra Full of grace truth
113
REFLECTIONS I
115
Innermost Theology
150
i2 Theophany i52 ij Log05
153
i4 Ik Grailofthe Word i62 i5 The Word i66 i6 Grants 6r Gfft i68 i7 Mystery
155
i8 The Good
171
fit i79 2i The Virgin Heart
183
A Ladder of Grace
185
Metanoia
187
IraA i88 25 Ik 5tfltion5 of Faith i92 26 TheTomh i94 27 Nature Scripture
199
Feeding the Five Thousand
203
Faith eCnowkv
206
Deification or Theosis
210
3i The Mystery of the Holy Trinity
219
Immaculate Conception
223
PARTTWO
227
PART THREE
287
Editions iy Translations
327
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John Scotus Eriugena (c.815-c.877) was an Irish theologian, neoplatonist philosopher, and poet. He succeeded Alcuin of York (735-804) as head of the Palace School at Aachen. He wrote a number of works, but is best known today for having written The Division of Nature, which has been called the "final achievement" of ancient philosophy, a work that "synthesizes the philosophical accomplishments of fifteen centuries." He translated and commented on the work of Pseudo-Dionysius, and was one of the few Western European philosophers of his day that knew Greek, having studied in Byzantine Athens. According to legend, he was stabbed to death at Malmesbury by his students with their pens.

Christopher Bamford is Editor in Chief for SteinerBooks and its imprints. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured, taught, and written widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions.

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