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Nominibs also, dee things belong to the heavenly Hierarchy, the purifications befitting angels, the supermundane illuminations, and the things perfecting the whole angelic perfection, are from the all-creative and fontal Goodness; from which was given to them the form of Goodness, and the revealing in themselves the hidden Goodness, and that angels are, as it were, heralds of the Divine silence, and project, as it were, luminous lights revealing Him Who is in secret.

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Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. For the Evil shuns the nature of the Good.

And, before all the other participations in Him, the being is pre-supposed. And all creatures, endowed with sensible perceptions, hominibus to it, as aspiring either to see, or to be moved and enlightened, and heated, and to be wholly held together by the light.

The Good will be beginning and end of all, even things evil, for, for the sake of the Good, are all things, both those that are good, and 69 those that are contrary.

Let us now then celebrate the spiritual Name of Light, under Which we contemplate the Good, and declare that He, the Good, is called nominibis 22 Light, on the ground that He fills every supercelestial mind with spiritual light, and expels all ignorance a. Just as a point in a circle’s centre participates in all the circumjacent 16 straight lines in the circle, and as many impressions of a seal participate in the archetypal seal, and in each of the impressions the seal is whole and the same, and in none partial in any respect.

Then, are they evil to themselves or to others? Yet they are called evil, some one may say.

Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. De Divinis Nominibus

Aurelio De Santos Otero. For the Evil, qua evil, is nowhere, and the fact that evil comes into being is not in consequence of power, but by reason of weakness. But it is rather necessary, I suppose, to resume and to set forth the complete fashion of the Divine union and distinction, in order that the whole discourse may be seen at a glance to reject everything ambiguous and indistinct, and to define critically and distinctly the proper Names, as far as possible.


And the souls, and all the other beings, according to the same rule, have their being, and their well-being; and are, and are well; by having from the Pre-existing their being 80 and their well-being. Wherefore, those skilled in Divine things call Him even Jealous, as being that vast good Love towards all beings, and as rousing His loving inclination to jealousy,and as proclaiming Himself Jealousto Whom the things desired are objects of jealousy, and as though the objects of His providential care were objects of jealousy for Him.

But the beautiful and Beauty are not to be divided, as regards the Cause which has embraced the whole in one. But, since in fact, he, whilst teaching things divine, in a manner suitable to presbyters, set forth comprehensive definitions, and such as embraced many things in one, as were suitable to us, and to as many as with us were teachers of the newly-initiated souls, commanding us to unfold and disentangle, by language commensurate with our ability, the comprehensive and uniform compositions of the most intellectual capacity of that illustrious man; and you, yourself, have oftentimes urged us to this, and sent back the very book, as being of transcendent value; for this reason, then, we too distinguish him as a teacher of perfect and presbyterial conceptions for those who are above the common people, even as certain second Oracles, and next to the Anointed of God.

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Further, how, when there is a Providence, is there evil, either coming into existence at all, or not destroyed? The self-existent Super-goodness then, as projecting the first gift of self-existent being, is 78 celebrated by the elder and first of the participations; and being itself is from It, and in It; as also the sources of things being, and all the nomiinibus that be, and the things howsoever sustained by being, and that irresistibly, and comprehensively and uniformly.

But 12 now, collecting from the Oracles so much as serves the purpose of our nominibhs treatise, and using the things aforesaid, as a kind civinis Canon, and keeping our eyes upon them, let us advance to the unfolding of the Names of God, which fall within the range of our understanding, and, what the hierarchical rule always teaches us throughout every phase of theology, let us become initiated to speak authoritatively in the godlike contemplations with a god-enlightened conception.

Concerning common and distinctive theology, and what is the Divine Union and distinction.

Or, as if, after we have embarked on a ship, and are holding on to the cables reaching from some rock, such as are given out, as it were, for us to seize, we do not draw the rock to us, but ourselves, in fact, and the ship, to the rock. For, by the simplex and supernatural nature of all beautiful things, all beauty, and everything 41 beautiful, pre-existed uniquely as to Cause.


Since it the soul comes into being without even seeming good. And from the same Cause of all, are the higher and lower intellectual 35 essences of the godlike angels; and those of the souls; and the natures of the whole Cosmos; all things whatsoever said to be either in others, or by reflection. Almighty God knows the Evil qua good; and, with Him, the causes of the evils are powers producing good But, if we say that souls become evil, in what respect do they become evil, except in the failure of their good habits and energies; and, by reason of their own lack of strength, missing their aim and tripping?

By this rule, then, the punishers of transgressors are evil, and those of the priests who shut out the profane from the Divine Mysteries. And every number is united in the monad, but so far as it advances from the monad, so far it is distributed and multiplied. But it celebrates the beneficial Providence, which has been set forth as preeminently Goodness and Cause of all good things, and as Being, and Life, and Wisdom,the Cause essentiating and vivifying, and wise-making, of those who partake of essence, and life, and mind, and reason, and sense.

But, when the mind strives to be moved upwards, through objects of sense, to contemplative conceptions, the clearer interpretations are altogether preferable to the sensible perceptions, and the more definite descriptions are things more distinct than things seen; since when objects near are not made clear to the sensible perceptions, neither will these perceptions be well able to present the things perceived to the mind.

And, even Anger participates in the Good, by the very movement and desire to direct and turn the seeming evils to the seeming good. For, if we must place any confidence in the All Wise and most trustworthy Theology, things Divine are revealed and contemplated in proportion to the capacity of each of the minds, since the supremely Divine Goodness distributes Divinely its immeasurableness as that which cannot be contained with a justice which preserves those whose capacity is limited.

And He is above all, as superessentially super-being before all. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.