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L became the dominant world view for the entire medieval world and played an important role in the Renaissance Platonism of Marsilio Ficino Even Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that he expected a reading of Iamblichus to cause a revival in the churches But modern scholars have dismissed him seeing theurgy as ritual magic or manipulation of the gods Shaw however shows that theurgy was a subtle and intellectually sophisticated attempt to apply Platonic and Pythagorean teachings to the full expression of human existence in the material worl Rationalist modern paradigms of philosophy relegated the figure of Iamblichus of Chalcis to a footnote in the history of philosophy a decadent thinker who tried to justify the old pagan cult with complicated and muddled justifications vaguely based on Platonic doctrine Gregory Shaw shows persuasively that Iamblichus in his own time was a towering intellectual figure who drew out and developed his doctrine from the writings of the Divine Plato himself the Pythagorean teachings and the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians and Chaldeans Central to his theology was the idea that the soul has fallen completely into the body and that man must use the symbols in the cosmos the sunthemata to climb back up to the One the source of all goodness Ritual and magic then become highly philosophical and philosophy itself becomes a ritual a purification and illumination that will lead the soul back to its divine originsAs a Christian I see how these ideas effected the Church as it developed its ideas of the sacraments the veneration of relics and the saints among other things It can be said and Shaw insinuates that it is the apostolic Christian churches Catholic and Orthodox that carry on Iamblichus' legacy to this day in the form of an incarnate theology where theurgy affected and was transformed into liturgy in the Christian mind mainly through the help of Pseudo DionysiusThis book then is a necessary read not just for students of paganism and ancient philosophy but also for traditional Christians who want to know how paganism has helped form what we believe about divinity This is a book that you will have to read than once and you will return to it over and over again to find new openings into understanding

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Theurgy and the Soul The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus HermeneuticsTheurgy and the Soul is a study of Iamblichus of Syria ca 240325 whose teachings set the final form of pagan spirituality prior to the Christianization of the Roman Empire Gregory Shaw focuses on the theory and practice of theurgy the most controversial and significant aspect of Iamblichus's Platonism Theurgy literally means divine action Unlike previous Platonists who stressed the elevated status of the human soul Iamblichus taught that the soul descended completely into the body and thereby reuired the performance of theurgic rit Gregory Shaw has shown himself to be not only a first rate scholar but one that has a deep understanding of his subject matter I have never seen Iamblichus presented in a matter such that you can grasp the marriage of his theurgy and his philosophy in his pursuit of the ultimate reality This book is clearly presented and extremely readable One of the points I most enjoyed was his explanation of where Iamblichus differed from some of his previous teachers and why I thank Mr Shaw for his work that gave me so many continual insights and left me yearning for his next contribution