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Knowledge and Experience in the Theology of Gregory Palamas

by James Blackstone (Author)
Monographs XVIII, 214 Pages
Series: Studies in Eastern Orthodoxy, Volume 3

Summary

This book questions the extent to which knowledge and experience can be reasonably, if at all, separated in consideration of the divine. Gregory Palamas’s dynamic patterning of unions and distinctions provides the context for a response to this question in which the breadth and depth of human functioning is explored - from the body to the passions to the intellect. In the course of close analysis of Palamas’s writings, the author presents from Palamas a thoroughly apophatic and an iconic mode of understanding the whole human person so as to mark out a fully integrated theological anthropology.

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Knowledge and Experience in
the Theology of
Gregory Palamas

James Blackstone

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Names: Blackstone, J. (James), author.

Title: Knowledge and experience in the theology of Gregory Palamas /
James Blackstone.

Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: Eastern
orthodoxy ; 3 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018036791 | ISBN 9781788743990 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Gregory Palamas, Saint, 1296-1359. | Knowledge, Theory of
(Religion) | Experience (Religion)

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About the author

James Blackstone studied at Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge for a first degree in Theology and Religious Studies and later completed doctoral research as Decani Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, from which this book is derived. He has worked variously in education and is currently engaged in the field of iconography.

About the book

This book questions the extent to which knowledge and experience can be reasonably, if at all, separated in consideration of the divine. Gregory Palamas’s dynamic patterning of unions and distinctions provides the context for a response to this question in which the breadth and depth of human functioning is explored - from the body to the passions to the intellect. In the course of close analysis of Palamas’s writings, the author presents from Palamas a thoroughly apophatic and an iconic mode of understanding the whole human person so as to mark out a fully integrated theological anthropology.

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Acknowledgements

This book originates in research undertaken for a doctoral thesis completed under the supervision of Dr Marcus Plested at the University of Cambridge. I am grateful to Dr Plested for his gracious encouragement and rigorous support. My thanks are due to very many people who have been generous in giving assistance and critical advice at different points along the way, among whom are Rada Bojovic of the Sebastian Press, Dr Margaret Bowker, Dr Nicholas Cranfield, Professor Sarah Coakley, Aidan Hart, Martyn and Irene Payne, Dr Peter Riley, Dr Christopher Ryan, Dr Gregory Seach, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Professor Ian Whicher, and the communities of Clare College and Westcott House in Cambridge. I owe particular gratitude to Archimandrite Maximus Lavriotes.

Dr Graham Speake and Professor René Gothóni, series editors, have given valuable insight and attentive oversight. The Friends of Mount Athos have generously supported this publication. Errors and omissions in the text are all my own.

Brynberian

July 2018←ix | x→ ←x | xi→

Abbreviations

Primary sources

For ease of reading and for consistency throughout, all authors are referred to in the Latinized version of their Greek names (e.g. Climacus and Acindynus, rather than the transliterated Klimakos and Akindynos).

Athanasius, Hist. Arianorum

Athanasius of Alexandria. Historia Arianorum ad Monachos (PG 25.692A-796C). [‘History of the Arians’]

Basil, Hom. in Hexaem.

Basil of Caesarea. Homélies sur l’hexaéméron (2nd edn) edited by Stanislas Giet. (SC 26 bis) (Paris: Cerf, 1968), 86–522. [‘Homilies on the Hexaemeron’]

Basil, Letter

Basil of Caesarea. Lettres, edited by Yves Courtonne, i (1–100); ii (101–218); iii (219–366) (Paris: Belles Lettres, 1957–1966). [‘Letters’]

Basil, On the Holy Birth of Christ

Basil of Caesarea. In sanctam Christi generationem (PG 31.1457–1476). [‘Homily on the Holy Birth of Christ’]

Basil, On the Holy Spirit

Basil of Caesarea. Sur le Saint-Esprit (2nd edn) edited by Benoît Pruche (SC 17 bis) (Paris: Cerf, 1968), 250–530. [‘On the Holy Spirit’]

Basil, Psalms

Basil of Caesarea. Homiliae super Psalmos (PG 29.209–494). [‘Homilies on the Psalms’]

Cassian, Conf.

John Cassian. Conférences, edited by Eugene Pichery. 1–7 (SC 42); 8–17 (SC 54); 18–24 (SC 64) (Paris: Cerf, 1955–59). [‘Conferences’]

Cyril of Alexandria, Thesaurus

Thesaurus de sancta consubstantiali Trinitate (PG 75. 9–656). [‘Thesaurus on the holy consubstantial Trinity’]

Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech.

Catecheses ad illuminandos 1–18 (PG 33.369–1060). [‘The Catechetical Orations’]←xi | xii→

Denys, CH

Dionysius the Areopagite. De coelesti hierarchia (Corpus Dionysiacum, vol. 2, edited by Gunter Heil and Adolf Ritter (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1991), 7–59 = PG 3.120–340). [‘On the Celestial Hierarchy’]

Denys, DN

Dionysius the Areopagite. De divinis nominibus (Corpus Dionysiacum, vol. 1, edited by Beate Regina Suchla (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1990) = PG 3.585–984). [‘The Divine Names’]

Denys, EH

Dionysius the Areopagite. De ecclesiastica hierarchia (Corpus Dionysiacum, vol. 2, edited by Gunter Heil and Adolf Ritter (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1991), 63–132 = PG 3.369–569). [‘On the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy’]

Denys, Letter

Dionysius the Areopagite. Epistulae (Corpus Dionysiacum, vol. 2, edited by Gunter Heil and Adolf Ritter (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1991), 156–210 = PG 3.1065–1120). [‘Letters’]

Denys, MT

Dionysius the Areopagite. De mystica theologia (Corpus Dionysiacum, vol. 2, edited by Gunter Heil and Adolf Ritter (Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1991), 141–150 = PG 3.997–1048). [‘The Mystical Theology’]

Diadochus, Chapt.

Details

Pages
XVIII, 214
ISBN (PDF)
9781788744003
ISBN (ePUB)
9781788744010
ISBN (MOBI)
9781788744027
ISBN (Softcover)
9781788743990
Language
English
Publication date
2018 (December)
Tags
Epistemology Theological anthropology Religious experience
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018. XVIII, 214 pp.,1 fig. b/w

Biographical notes

James Blackstone (Author)

James Blackstone studied at Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge for a first degree in Theology and Religious Studies and later completed doctoral research as Decani Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, from which this book is derived. He has worked variously in education and is currently engaged in the field of iconography.

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