Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605965
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738227 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies


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The investigation into the concepts of activity (essence, activity or energy) and participation addresses a central topic in ancient Christian thought, and has the final purpose of showing that the theology of Gregory Palamas is in accordance with patristic thinking on the matter. Patristic thought is a continuation of pagan philosophy based on distinctly Christian principles that investigate how the divinity acts within its own realm and executes activity in the created cosmos. The author comments on earlier research that is relevant for the present topic, and highlights the logical sequence of the chapters that follows.

Keywords: activity; energy; essence; Gregory Palamas; participation

Chapter.  4367 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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