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The Interpretation of Miracles in the Thought of Saint Maximus the Confessor (2011-2012)


The goal of this paper is to come up with an interpretation of miracles based on the thought of the Byzantine theologian Saint Maximus the Confessor (580-655). The thesis championed here is that Maximus’ conception of the dyothelite dogma of Christ’s two energies and wills provides us with a consistent interpretation of miracles from both a theological and philosophical point of view. The argument shows that by following Maximus’ conceptual tools for the formation of the dyothelite dogma together with some of his reflections about miracles one can consistently interpret miracles as the change of the modes of existence of beings.

Keywords: Maximus the Confessor, miracles, laws of nature, Fathers of the Church, theology, Patristic philosophy

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