Mystical Theology and Celestial Hierarchies
“Modern scholarship has settled the fact that Dionysius the Areopagite, although confused with St. Dionysius, or St. Denis, the martyr and patron saint of Paris, has no historical connection with him. It has, too, settled the fact that The Mystical Theology and the other Dionysian writings did not come into existence until centuries after St. Paul’s Athenian convert. In fact, it is almost certain that the writer was either a pupil of Proclus or, as is more probable, of Damascius, the second in succession from Proclus, and one of the last teachers of the Athenian school. It was natural that when he became a Christian writer he should assume a name which had sacred memories of Athenian faith, and which was also a link with Greek culture. But whatever his origin, the writings of this master mind early became the form and type of mystical religion within the Church, and their influence is discernible in every mystical sect of Christendom. This anonymous, mysterious, monastic genius taught the foremost Christians for ten centuries both in the East and West, for nearly every great mediaeval scholar made use of his writings, and his authority came to be almost final.”
Mystical Theology and Celestial Hierarchies, Dionysius the Areopagite, The Shrine of Wisdom, 1949
First edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth binding. Gold embossed lettering. Formerly belonging to the Theosophical Lending Library, Gloucester Place. Library stamps to end paper, title, copyright and contents pages. Minor wear to cover edges and spine. A tight copy. Good condition.