Saint Grégoire Palamas et la mystique orthodoxe

Saint Grégoire Palamas et la mystique orthodoxe 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 Triads , 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

Fr John Meyendorff 1926 1992 was a Professor of Church History and Patristics at St Vladimir s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and a professor of History at Fordham University, NY He was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities 1976 77 , and a Guggenheim Fellow He held honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame and General Theological Seminary, was a Corresponding Fello

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  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Saint Grégoire Palamas et la mystique orthodoxe
  • John Meyendorff
  • English
  • 03 August 2019
  • 9780913836118

10 thoughts on “Saint Grégoire Palamas et la mystique orthodoxe

  1. 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 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 familiar with the details of Barlaam Of importance is Barlaam s actual theology Barlaam, following a nominalistic agnosticism, thought that the monks were saying one could bodily see the divine essence 1 Barlaam said that all knowledge is sense perception 2 God, being defined as a Platonic postulate, is beyond sense perception Therefore, any knowledge communion with God can only come from intermediaries 102.Palamas responds thusly He is going to say that we do have a direct experience with God but we do not know the essence of God How can he say this First, God is essentially apart from other creatures because he is uncreated Therefore, when creatures participate in God, they participate in uncreated life Still, this does not yet address Barlaam s challenge Palamas will thus say that revelation, participation, deification, is a free act energy of the living God 118 119 Therefore, we see a distinction between the divine act of revelation and the unknowable essence This does not introduce a fourth term in the Godhead since God in his simplicity is fully present both in the essence and the energy Conclusions and Implications of Palamism 1 There is no autonomous reality between God and creatures because God himself, in his condescension, is that reality 122 2 The victory of Palamism protected the East from the onslaught of the Renaissance 94 3 Palamas reestablished the dignity of matter, since the body fully participates in the energies of God 108 A corollary of this is a revitalization in the sacraments, for the new life in Christ is present in the sacraments I close with a quote from Meyendorff,A decision was set before the Orthodox Church in the fourteenth century a choice between a unitary integral concept of man based on the Bible, affirming the immediate efficacy of redemptive grace in every sphere of human activity, or the choice of an intellectualized spiritualism claiming independence for the human intellect and denying that any real deification is possible here below There is no doubt that the secularism of the modern age is the direct consequence of that second choice 171.

  2. 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 s important Saints of the last several hundred years I withhold a fifth star only because the book was lacking bibliographically and especially editorially, which is a shame for such an excellent book by an otherwise reputable publisher.

  3. 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 the book begins with Evagrius, and continues through John of Kronstadt An excellent and lucidly written introduction to Hesychasm.

  4. 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 important ideas of today and of yesterday.Reminds me of a qoute, Wonder is a necessity when reading and studying nature

  5. 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 interested in this topic Plus I loved all of the artwork, icons, and photography included with the book

  6. 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. 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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