Symposium Dionysius

 

On December 12th 2015 the Iona Stichting organised the symposium ‘Dionysius; Can nothing be said about God? in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. This to celebrate the publication of the book  Dionysius de Areopagiet - Verzamelde Werken, the collected works of Dionysius, translated from the Greek into Dutch by Michiel ter Horst.

During this inspiring day the following experts spoke about various aspects of Dionysius work:
Antoine Bodar, priest, art historian, author, television journalist, professor
- Dionysius and the mystery of the liturgy
Ben Schomakers, philosopher, author en and translator of ancient Greek texts
- Pseudo-Dionysius: an incurable philosopher
Carlos Steel, emeritus professor antique and medieval philosophy
- ‘Dionysius, drunk from Dionysian wine’  (Ficino)
Désanne van Brederode, philosopher, author
- Dionysius, Paul and the unknown God'
Juut Meijer,theologian, pastor of the Dominicus community
- Dionysius and the divine light in which we stand'
Michiel ter Horst, translator of 'Dionysius Areopagite, Collective Work'
- Why a translation of the Corpus Dionysiacum?
Paul van Geest, professor church history and history of theology
- Dionysius and  Saint Augustine, founders of negative theology
Rudi te Velde, professor philosophy, relations between Christianity and philosophy
- Is keeping silent the better option? Mystical theology as seen by Thomas Aquinas.

About Dionysius Areopagite:
At the end of the 5th century the enigmatic and fascinating theologian (or philosopher?) Dionysius the Aereopagite welded together the best of Neoplatonic philosophy and early Christian theology.  Searching for an approach to the divine from the exceptional multi-coloured and layered reality. He detached himself from all ecclesiastical controversies and worked in a surprisingly modern philosophical way. Dionysius followed a development route from symbolic theology, via denying or 'negative' theology,  towards the mystical theology of experiencing God (or...?) He offers inspiration for the contemporary personal quest for the essential in the open space between theology and philosophy.