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NVI-rapporteringsår: 2011
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Luther as a reader of Dionysius the Areopagite

  • Knut Alfsvåg


Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology
ISSN 0039-338X
e-ISSN 1502-7791
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2011
Volum: 65
Hefte: 2
Sider: 101 - 114





Dionysius Areopagiten • Martin Luther • Apofatisk teologi • Kristen mystikk

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Luther as a reader of Dionysius the Areopagite


Dionysius the Areopagite has been an important point of orientation for the debate on how humans appropriately approach God. Among his avid readers is Martin Luther, whose understanding of Dionysius is investigated in this article. Luther is a critical reader, but his criticism is founded on a basic identification with Dionysius' central tenets. His main objection is that he finds Dionysius too theoretical. For Luther, God is incessant activity; the question of approaching God correctly therefore for Luther is an existential question. This is an aspect he does not find adequately integrated in Dionysius' apophatic dialectics. Luther also found faults with Dionysius' Christology. For Luther, the experience of not being properly related to God is a terrifying experience. This can be read as a reinterpretation of Dionysius' Mystical Theology, showing both influence (Luther knew this work almost by heart) and independence. Central aspects of Luther's thought thus present themselves as a reinterpretation of Dionysian mysticism.


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