Category Archives: Byzantine theology

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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St Mark Eugenicus and the Immaculate Burning Bush

We jump from St Gregory the Theologian in the 4th century to two Byzantine theologians in the 15th century—Joseph Bryennius, a vigorous supporter of hesychastic theology, and St Mark Eugenicus, the unwavering voice of Orthodoxy at the Council of Florence. … Continue reading

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