Mystical Theology

Vladimir Lossky

Vladimir Lossky

“If we are often led to minimize the importance of the dogmatic question which determine all the subsequent development of the two traditions, this is by reason of a certain insensitivity towards dogma–which is considered as something external and abstract. It is said that it is spirituality which matters. The dogmatic difference is of no consequence. Yet spirituality and dogma, mysticism and theology, are inseparably linked in the life of the church. As regards the Eastern Church, we have already remarked that she makes no sharp distinction between theology and mysticism, between the realm of the common faith and that a personal experience. Thus, if we would speak of mystical theology in the Eastern tradition we cannot do otherwise than consider it within the dogmatic setting of the Orthodox Church.”  ~ Vladimir Lossky

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