St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality



St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality 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, it suffers no diminution by this communion with the body, but rather transfigures the body, spiritualizing it rejecting all evil desires of 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 3 6 8 Triads 11, 2.9 This richly documented and lavishly illustrated 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 Mystery. Download St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality By John Meyendorff – millionapartments.us

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  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality
  • John Meyendorff
  • English
  • 14 October 2017
  • 0913836117

10 thoughts on “St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality

  1. Jacob Aitken says:

    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 charge made by Catholic scholar 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 charge made by Catholic scholars, notably von Balthasar He saw it as a useful system, provided that one did not get carried away into excesses with it I assume most readers are fa...

  2. Joseph Olivares says:

    Meyendorff 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 developed, focusing quite a bit on some of the Orthodox Church simportant Saints of the last seve Meyendorff 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 developed, focusing q...

  3. Kyle Hafar says:

    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 th...

  4. Gregory says:

    I am actually reading a different version, but John Meyendorff 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 im...

  5. Juli says:

    A rich and 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 quoted extensively in regards to Gregory Palamas A good read for anyone i...

  6. David Withun says:

    Great introduction to hesychasm and Palamite theology and the historical events leading to the famous controversy with Barlaam of Calabria Explains the differences between Eastern and Western spirituality, which led to a wide gap between Eastern and Western culture, very well.

  7. Nathan Duffy says:

    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.

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