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Creation And Natural Contemplation In Maximus The Confessor's Ambiguum 10:19

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In the nineteenth section of the tenth ambiguum Maximus the Confessor describes the transformation of the mind’s intellective activity systematically and at length. He also introduces the corollary that will be so important in Eriugena: the natural contemplation by which the human mind transforms its activity imbues the world with the form of God, and so establishes the world on a new level. It is a creative theophany. That Eriugena’s own philosophy of theophanies depends greatly on this ambiguum is suggested not only by the three references to it in his first brief discussion of theophany, but also by his incorporation of a quotation from the ambiguum as his very definition of theophany. An exploration of Ambiguum 10:19 is valuable not only as a clarification of Maximus, but also as uncovering a major source of Eriugena’s doctrine of theophanies.

Keywords: Ambiguum; creative theophany; Eriugena; God; human mind; Maximus the Confessor; natural contemplation



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