In this remarkable book, Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos brings his profound knowledge of the greatest of Byzantine theologians, St. Maximus the Confessor, into dialogue with the recent currents of philosophy and theology in the West. This in itself is rare enough, but his central claim- that who we really are is disclosed in our final destiny in GOd- is one that he shows is rooted in our participation in the Eucharist. This is an intellectually demanding work, but in it Fr. Loudovikos never loses sight of the fact that what he has to say bears directly on how we understand what it is is to live as a Christian in the twenty-first century. -Andrew Louth, Durham University
Rev. Nikolaos Loudovikos is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Wales (Centre for Orthodox Studies).