Dionysius the Areopagite, aka Saint Dionysius the Areopagite

Dionysius the Areopagite, aka Saint Dionysius the Areopagite
fl. 1st Century

Judge of the Areopagus who was converted to Christianity by the preaching of the Apostle Paul during the Areopagus sermon, Bishop of Athens

Author Quotes

Even so, we say that the air is darkened around us by a deficiency and absence of the light; while yet the light is itself always light and illumines the darkness. Therefore, evil inheres not in the devils or in us, as evil, but only as a deficiency and lack of the perfection of our proper virtues.
Thus evil has no being, nor any inherence in things that have being. Evil is nowhere qua evil; and it arises not through any power but through weakness... in a word, evil is weakness, impotence, and deficiency of knowledge.

Even those who seem to be "devils," derive their existence from the Good, and are naturally good], and desire the Beautiful and Good in desiring existence, life, and consciousness, ... And they are called evil through the deprivation and the loss whereby they have lapsed from their proper virtues. Hence they are evil only insofar as they lack [true] existence; and in desiring evil, they desire non-existence.

Guide us to the topmost height of mystic love where the simple absolute and unchangeable mysteries of heavenly truth lie hidden in the dazzling obscurity of the Secret Silence.

The Good must be the beginning and the end even of all evil things. For the Good is the final Purpose of all things, good and bad alike.

The simple, absolute, and unchangeable mysteries of heavenly Truth lie hidden in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence, outshining all brilliance with the intensity of their darkness.

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Dionysius the Areopagite, aka Saint Dionysius the Areopagite
Birth Date
fl. 1st Century
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Judge of the Areopagus who was converted to Christianity by the preaching of the Apostle Paul during the Areopagus sermon, Bishop of Athens