„Светотайнственото богословстване за човека (Пролегомена към еклисиалната антропология на св. Николай Кавасила)” // ТЕОЛОГИКОН (Годишник на Центъра по систематическо богословие при Православния богословски факултет на Великотърновския университет), Велико Търново, изд. Фабер, 2014, T. 3, с. 154-202 (ISSN: 2367-7856).
"Mysteriological theologizing about man: Prolegomena
to St Nicholas Cabasilas’ ecclesial anthropology"
The subject of the study is the ecclesiological paradigm within which St
Nicholas Cabasilas based his anthropology as a Eucharistic conception of man ἐν
Χριστῷ. As the point of departure for his study, the author takes the experiential
approach to anthropology, which forms a specific theological discourse revealing
the specific ecclesial experience and knowledge about man. In this context,
the experiential knowledge about man stems from the experience of the life in
Christ and cannot be reduced to some metaphysical theoreticology, but is essentially
a Eucharistic and ecclesiological experience and knowledge about man.
This experiential approach is adopted to examine the ecclesiological
logos of St Nicholas Cabasilas’ Christocentric anthropology. In his thought,
anthropology is revealed at two levels which are organically linked – the
Christological and the ecclesiological. So, in Cabasilas, all the aspects of anthropology
– iconological, hypostasitological etc, can only be correctly understood
within the context and framework of ecclesiological and Eucharistic
Christocentrism. This is the all-embracing horizon that makes Christocentric
anthropology ecclesiologically relevant and functional. Anthropology thus
functions as a charismatic ‘interiorized’ Christology and as an experiential
ecclesiology in an emphatically Eucharistic and mysteriological context.
Cabasilas’ ecclesial anthropology finds its ‘applicability’ in the mysteriological
life of the Church as the manifestation and actualization of the new
ecclesial mode of existence. The sacramental mysteries are the ways in which
man receives his being and hypostasis κατὰ τὸν Χριστόν, and is granted the
charismatic riches of the life in Christ and living in the ecclesial Body of Christ
through the ultimate mystery of the divine Eucharist. This mysteriological perspective
enables Cabasilas to reveal the organic synthesis of ecclesiology and
anthropology in a Eucharist key, and to articulate an anthropology which is
not only synergetic but also hierurgic, liturgical and Eucharistic par excellence.
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