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The Theology of St Gregory Palamas

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605965.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Theology of St Gregory Palamas

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Palamas’ theology on the background of patristic thought is investigated as interpreted in the earlier chapters of the book. Palamas’ doctrine of divine activity or energy is seen as a special application of general philosophical principles at work in earlier Greek Christian thought. It is argued that Palamas is no innovator, and that his doctrine may be philosophically sound. Focus is on the distinction between essence and activity in God, and on participation in divine activity, especially in context of the doctrine of deification.

Keywords: divine activity; deification; distinction; energy; essence; Gregory Palamas; participation

Chapter.  9238 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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