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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth : An Essay in Orthodox Theodicy in Twelve Letters by I. P. Florenski (1997, Hardcover)
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An English translation of Pavel Florensky's defence of Russian Orthodox theology. Originally published in 1914, the book is a series of 12 letters to a brother or friend, who may be understood symbolically as Christ. Central to the work is an exploration of the various meanings of Christian love, which is viewed as a combination of philia (friendship) and agape (universal love).Pavel Florensky--certainly the greatest Russian theologian of the last century--is now recognized as one of Russia's greatest polymaths. Known as the Russian Leonardo da Vinci, he became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artistic, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested briefly by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of corrective labor in Siberia. There he ...