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The Writings of Dionysius As the scripture says anyone who trust in him will never be put to shame For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved This is the prophet St Paul speaking and Psuedo Dionysius preached and wrote about the word of St Paul Dionysius listened and learned from Pauls preaching and applied his knowledge to his everyday writings This paper is about Dionysius and his writings Dionysius was a peripatetic who stressed the importance of language The language that he stressed was proven through the writings that he did Dionysius influenced the Christian life across the world Dionysius Background The background of Dionysius was quite limited He was apparently born into a wealthy pagan family in Athens He was probably Greek As a young man he went to a place called Heliopolis and witnessed a most unusual event in the skies above which he describes in detail in letter 7 He says that this event occurred on the day of the Crucifixion of Christ He had a famous teacher named Hierotheus whose description sounds a lot like Philo of Alexandria Dionysius lived probably in the late-fifth century which puts him roughly around the same time as Boethius He was probably a Syrian monk who known only by his pseudonym wrote a series of Greek articles and letters for the purpose of uniting Neoplatonic philosophy with Christian theology and mystical experience These writings established a definite Neoplatonic trend in a large segment of medieval Christian doctrine and spirituality-especially in the Western Latin Church-that has determined sides of its religious and devotional character to the present time Historical research has been unable to identify the author who having assumed the name of the New Testament convert of St Paul Acts 1734 could have been
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