Category Archives: Byzantine theology

The Byzantine Liturgy and the Grammar of Salvation

by Fr Khaled Anatolios The association in this commemoration of St. Gregory Palamas between the overcoming of the passions and the indwelling of the divine Trinity brings to light the dogmatic matrix that governs and permeates the Byzantine liturgy’s conception … Continue reading

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Revisiting (yet again!) the Fifth Ecumenical Council

I have spent the past five days revising my article “Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?” I originally wrote the article six years ago and have returned to it from time to time to revise, expand, and correct … Continue reading

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Marcus Plested on St Gregory Palamas and the Hesychast Controversy

“To conclude, there is no sense in [St Gregory’s] theology which may justifiably be characterized as a defeat of reason (against Podskalsky) or as the triumph of an anti-scholastic mystical theology (against Lossky or others), or indeed in any way … Continue reading

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Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?

When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), citing the famous fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon … Continue reading

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Theosis and the Palamite Distinction: Questions & Concerns

by Fr Aidan Kimel That there exists in God a real distinction between his essence and his energies, theologians assure us, is an irreformable dogma of the Orthodox Church. If so, it is a curious dogma, originating in a question … Continue reading

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Searching for St Dionysios the Areopagite

Bishop Alexander shares how he came to an understanding of the theology of St Dionysios, over against established academic opinion, through immersion in the liturgical life of Mt Athos. This lecture highlights that which I have long believed: the necessity … Continue reading

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The Essence/Energies Distinction in the Theology of St Gennadius Scholarios

by Fr Christiaan Kappes In today’s installment, I hope to fully accede to Fr. Kimel’s request; namely, to figure out what the real Scholarios believes! Well, historically, there have been many “Scholarii” (viz., Scholarioses) to contend with (up to three!). … Continue reading

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The Essence/Energies Distinction and the Myth of Byzantine Illogic

by Fr Christiaan Kappes First of all, I heartily thank Fr. Aidan Kimel for inviting me to write a guest column on Palamism. Although, in the essence of the argument, it should not make a difference, I will start by … Continue reading

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