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Offline elijahmaria

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Essence and Energies
« on: January 30, 2011, 03:32:05 PM »
Very interesting article!!

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http://bekkos.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/j-p-houdret-on-palamas-and-the-cappadocians/#comment-1981

Translation of: Jean-Philippe Houdret, O.C.D., “Palamas et les Cappadociens,” Istina 19 (1974), pp. 260-271.

In the course of this brief article, our aim is to bring up the vast problem of the relations that exist between the thought of Gregory Palamas and that of the Cappadocian fathers. The celebrated Byzantine theologian sought to be a faithful follower of the teaching of the saints, and the great Cappadocians are among the godbearing fathers to whom he frequently refers in his writings. This is why we prefer to limit ourselves here to the examination of a precise but fundamental question: Do we already find, among the Cappadocian fathers, the beginnings of the distinction in God between essence and energies, such as Gregory Palamas later would understand and defend it?...cont.

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Re: Essence and Energies
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 10:59:08 AM »
Very interesting indeed. I had read the the quotes provided by Palamite apologists, but had not read them in their proper context. Thanks for sharing.
"For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches. Thus we are unable to apprehend it by knowing what it is. Yet we are able to have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not." - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I, 14.