Charge made by Catholic scholars notably von Balthasar He saw it as a useful system provided that one Did Not Get Carried Away not get carried away excesses with it I assume most readers are familiar with the details of Barlaam Of importance is Barlaam s actual theology Barlaam following a nominalistic agnosticism thought that the monks were saying one could bodily see the divine essence 1 Barlaam said that all nowledge is sense perception 2 God being defined as a Platonic postulate i At first glance the title may seem a bit misleading as only about a third of the work concerns itself directly with Palamas and his theological work It is however appropriate to view his contributions which are not really innovations in the much longer contexts of Eastern Orthodox Hesychasm stillness as well as the long established sacramental life of the Church Hence the book begins with Evagrius and continues through John of Kronstadt An excellent and lucidly written introduction to Hesychasm Superb little book that serves as an excellent overview and intro to the hesychast tradition and Orthodox Spirituality Nice pictures of significant historical icons are reproduced throughout Highly recommended for anyone curious about Orthodoxy. Strated study of Orthodox spirituality traces the development of 'Orthodox mysticism' from the desert fathers through the patristic tradition to Byzantine hesychasm and its heritage in Russian monasticism It shows how the work of Palamas transcends the limits of one school of spirituality and renews in its deepest essence the life of the Christian Myste.
John Meyendorff Î 8 Read & downloadMeyendorff does a fantastic job of tracing Eastern Christian spirituality as well as the theology which forms the basis of this spirituality through the Fathers to St Gregory Palamas who articulated it with unmatched clarity and precision He then traces hesychasm from Palamas to the twentieth century highlighting some of the particular distinctives various eastern orthodox traditions have particular distinctives various Eastern Orthodox traditions have focusing uite a bit on some of the Orthodox Church s important Saints of the last several hundred years I withhold a fifth star only because the book was lacking bibliographically and especially editorially which is a shame for
"such an excellent book by an otherwise reputable publisher A rich "an excellent book by an otherwise reputable publisher A rich engaging reading of the history and theology of Eastern Orthodox spirituality and the monastic movement of hesychasm This book seems to be a classic read on this subject as I have found Meyendorff to be uoted extensively in regards
#to gregory palamas #Gregory Palamas good read for anyone interested in this topic Plus I loved all of the artwork icons and photography included with the book This book gives a clear and concise presentation of the Hesychastic tradition of the Orthodox Church and a short biography of St Gregory Palam. St Gregory Palamas a fourteenth century Byzantine saint and Church Father incorporated traditional Eastern monastic spirituality into a comprehensive theological vision His understanding of hesychasm the monastic movement centered on solitude and unceasing prayer is grounded in an incarnational theology When spiritual joy comes to the body from the mind. ,
As who was a central figure in its formation in the 14th century Greece It s a good introduction but based on the title I was hoping to the 14th century Greece It s a good introduction but based on the title I was hoping to about St Gregory himself and maybe get a detailed analysis of his personal contribution to the tradition and less about his predecessors and successors The biographical content of
"the book is a little bit on the thin side I am actually reading a different version but John "book is a little bit on the thin side I am actually reading a different version but John wrote the Intro Gregroy Palamas presents some very exciting ideas here and much to contemplate and wonder about towards Being My translator is Nicholas Biddle if i remember correctly St Gregory Palamas helps us learn important ideas of today and of yesterdayReminds me of a oute Wonder is a necessity when reading and studying nature The first half of this book deals with Eastern monastic practices highlighting its strengths and perils This section of the book is of interest primarily to academics who focus on monasticism The second half of the book outlines St Gregory s life his conflict with Barlaam and the resulting theology The book concludes with a look at modern hesychasm in Russia Meyendorff notes that Palamas did not exactly oppose Aristotelianism per se thus blunting a common. It suffers no diminution by this communion with the body but rather transfigures the body spiritualizing it rejecting all evil desires with the body but rather transfigures the body spiritualizing it rejecting all evil desires the flesh it no longer weighs down the soul but rises up with it the whole man becoming spirit as it is written 'He who is born of the Spirit is spirit' John 36 8 Triads 11 29 This richly documented and lavishly illu.