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A monk of Mount Athos modern Greece and later archbishop of Thessalonikihe is famous for his defense of hesychast spirituality, the uncreated character of the light of the Transfiguration, and the distinction between God’s essence and energies i. His teaching unfolded over the course of three major controversies, 1 with the Italo-Greek Palxma between and2 with the brigore Gregory Akindynos between andand 3 with the philosopher Gregorasfrom to His theological contributions are sometimes referred to as Palamismand his followers as Palamites.
Gregory Palamas – Wikipedia
Gregory is venerated, sinceas a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church ; and some Byzantine Catholic Churcheswhich form part of the communion of the Church of Rome have also grigorr him in their liturgical books. He has also been called a saint, and repeatedly cited as a great theological writer, by Pope John Paul II. The Byzantine Synodikon of Orthodoxy also celebrates his memory and theology while condemning his opponents, including some anti-Palamites who flourished after Gregory’s death.
Gregory was born in Constantinople around the year The Emperor himself took part in the raising and education of the fatherless boy and hoped that the gifted Gregory would devote himself to government palam, but Palamas chose monastic life on Mt.
Gregory’s mother Kalloni and siblings Theodosios, Makarios, Epicharis, and Theodoti would also embrace monasticism, and the entire family was canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Before leaving for Mt. Athos, Gregory received a broad education, including the study of Aristotle, which he would display before Theodore Metochites and the emperor.
Despite the Emperor’s ambitions for him, Gregory, then barely twenty gribore old, withdrew to Mount Athos in the year and became a novice there in the Vatopedi monastery under the guidance of the monastic Elder St Nicodemos of Vatopedi. Eventually, he was tonsured a monkand continued his life of asceticism. After the demise of the Elder Nicodemus, Gregory spent eight years of spiritual struggle under grigorre guidance of a new Elder, Nicephorus. Athanasius the Athonite on Mount Athos, where he served the brethren in the trapeza refectory and in church as a cantor.
Wishing to devote himself more fully to prayer and asceticism he entered a skete called Glossiawhere he taught the ancient practice of mental prayer known as “prayer of the heart” or hesychasm. Inbecause of the threat griyore Turkish invasions, he and the brethren retreated to the defended city of Thessalonikiwhere he was then ordained a priest.
Dividing his time between his ministry to the people and his pursuit of spiritual palamaa, he founded a small community of hermits near Thessaloniki in a place called Veria.
He served for a short time as Abbot of the Esphigmenou Monastery but was forced to resign in papama to discontentment regarding the austerity of his monastic administration.
Hesychasm attracted the attention of Barlaama convert to Eastern Orthodoxy  who encountered Hesychasts and heard descriptions of their practices during a palamx to Mount Athos plaama he had also read the writings of Palamas, himself an Athonite monk.
Trained in Western Pala,a theology, Barlaam was scandalized by hesychasm and began to combat it both orally and in his writings.
As a private teacher of theology in the Western Scholastic mode, Barlaam propounded a more intellectual and propositional approach to the knowledge of God than the hesychasts taught. On the hesychast side, the controversy palma taken up by Palamas who was asked by his fellow monks on Mt Athos to defend hesychasm from the attacks of Barlaam.
Palamas was well-educated in Greek philosophy. Gregory wrote a number of works in its defense and defended hesychasm at six different synods in Constantinople ultimately triumphing over its attackers in the synod of Palana Barlaam came from southern Italy, his ancestry was Greek and he claimed Eastern Orthodoxy as his Christian faith. AroundGregory received copies of treatises written by Barlaam against the Latins, condemning their insertion of the Filioque into the Nicene Creed.
Although this condemnation was solid Orthodox theology, Palamas took issue with Barlaam’s argument in support of it, namely that efforts at demonstrating the nature of God specifically, the nature aplama the Holy Spirit should be abandoned, because God is ultimately unknowable and undemonstrable to humans. Thus, Barlaam asserted that it was impossible to determine from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds.
According to Sara J. Denning-Bolle, Palamas viewed Barlaam’s argument as “dangerously agnostic”. In his response titled “Apodictic Treatises”, Palamas insisted that it was indeed demonstrable ;alama the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father but not from the Son. The treatises are called “triads” because they were organized as three sets of three treatises. The Grigors were written in three stages. The first triad was written in the second half of the s and are based on personal discussions between Palamas and Barlaam although Barlaam is never mentioned by name.
Gregory’s teaching was affirmed by the superiors and principal monks of Mt. Athos, who met in synod during —1. In early pwlama, the griogre communities of Mount Athos wrote the Hagioritic Tome under the supervision and inspiration of Palamas. The tome provides palaam systematic presentation of Palamas’ teaching and became the fundamental textbook for Byzantine mysticism. In response, Barlaam drafted “Against the Messalians”, which attacked Gregory by name for the first time. Barlaam also took exception to the doctrine held by the hesychasts as to the uncreated nature of the light, the experience of which was said to be the goal of hesychast practice, regarding it as heretical and blasphemous.
It was maintained by the hesychasts to be of divine origin and to be identical to the light which had been manifested to Jesus’ disciples on Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration. Barlaam accuses the use of the Jesus Prayer as being a practice of Bogomilism. The second triad quotes some of Barlaam’s writings directly.
In response to this second triad, Barlaam composed the treatise “Against the Messalians” linking the hesychasts to the Messalians and thereby accusing them of heresy. In the third Triad, Palamas refuted Barlaam’s charge of Messalianism by demonstrating that the hesychasts did not share the antisacramentalism of the Messalians nor did they claim to physically see the essence of God with their eyes.
Although the civil war between the supporters of John VI Kantakouzenos and the regents for John V Palaeologus was not primarily a religious conflict, the theological dispute between the supporters and opponents of Palamas did play a role in the conflict.
Steven Runciman points out that “while the theological dispute embittered the conflict, the religious and political parties did not coincide. It became clear that the dispute between Barlaam and Palamas was irreconcilable and would require the judgment of an episcopal council.
A series of six patriarchal councils were held in Constantinople on 10 JuneAugust4 November1 February8 Februaryand 28 May to consider the issues.
The dispute over hesychasm came before a synod held at Constantinople in May and presided over by the emperor Andronicus III. The assembly, influenced by the veneration in which the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius were held in the Eastern Church, condemned Barlaam, who recanted. The ecumenical patriarch insisted that all of Barlaam’s writings be destroyed and thus no complete copies of Barlaam’s treatise “Against Messalianism” have survived. Although Barlaam initially palsma for a second chance to present his case against Palamas, he soon realised the futility of pursuing his cause, and left for Calabria where he converted to the Roman Church and was appointed Bishop of Griigore.
After Barlaam’s departure, Gregory Akindynos became the chief critic of Palamas. A second council held in Constantinople in August condemned Akindynos and affirmed the findings of the earlier council. Akindynos and his supporters gained a brief victory at a council held in which excommunicated Palamas. However, the last of these pakama, held in Mayconclusively exonerated Palamas and condemned his opponents.
All palamx who were unwilling to submit to the orthodox view were to be excommunicated and kept under surveillance at their residences.
A series of anathemas were pronounced against Barlaam, Akindynos and their followers; at the same time, a series of oalama were also declared in favor of Gregory Palamas and the adherents of his doctrine.
Kallistos I and the ecumenical patriarchs who succeeded him mounted a vigorous campaign to have the Palamist doctrines accepted by the other Eastern patriarchates as well as all the metropolitan sees under their jurisdiction. However, it took some time to overcome initial resistance to his teachings. For example, the metropolitan of Kiev, upon receiving tomes from Kallistos that expounded the Palamist doctrine, rejected it vehemently and composed a reply in refutation.
Similarly, the patriarchate of Antioch remained steadfastly opposed to what they viewed as an innovation; however, by the end of the fourteenth century, Palamism had become accepted there. Similar acts of resistance were seen in the metropolitan sees that were governed by the Latins as well as in some autonomous ecclesiastical regions, such as the Church of Cyprus. One notable pzlama of the campaign to enforce the orthodoxy of the Palamist doctrine was the action taken by patriarch Philotheos I to crack down on Prochoros Kydonesa monk and priest at Mount Athos who was opposed to the Palamites.
Kydones had written a number of anti-Palamist treatises and continued to argue forcefully against Palamism even when brought before the patriarch and enjoined to adhere to the orthodox doctrine.
Finally, in exasperation, Philotheos convened a synod against Kydones in April However, even this extreme measure failed to effect the submission of Kydones and gtigore the end, he was excommunicated and suspended from the clergy in perpetuity.
Despite the initial opposition of some patriarchates and sees, over time the resistance dwindled away and ultimately Palamist doctrine became accepted throughout the Eastern Orthodox Church. During this period, it became the norm for ecumenical patriarchs to profess the Palamite doctrine upon taking possession of their see.
Martin Jugie states that the opposition of the Latins and the Latinophrones, who were necessarily hostile to the doctrine, actually contributed to its adoption, and soon Latinism and Antipalamism became equivalent in the minds of many Orthodox Christians. According to Aristeides Papadakis, “all Orthodox scholars who have written on Palamas — Lossky, Krivosheine, Papamichael, Meyendorff, Christou — assume his voice to be a legitimate expression of Orthodox tradition.
Palamas’s opponents in the hesychast controversy spread slanderous accusations against him, and in Patriarch John XIV imprisoned him for four years.
However, in when Patriarch Isidore came to the Ecumenical Throne, Gregory was released from prison and consecrated as the Metropolitan of Thessalonica. However, since the conflict with Barlaam had not been settled at that point, the people of Thessalonica did not grgiore him, and he was palana to live in a number of places. It was not until that he was able to occupy the episcopal chair. He was obliged to spend a year in detention at the Ottoman court where he was well treated.
His dying words were, “To the heights! His feast day is celebrated twice a year on November 14, the anniversary of his death, and on the Second Sunday of Great Lent. The reason for his commemoration on the Second Sunday of Great Lent is because Gregory’s victory over Barlaam is seen as a continuation of the Triumph of Orthodoxy i.
Gregory’s relics are kept in the Metropolitan Cathedral which is named after him. The Cathedral is in Thessaloniki, Greece. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mosaic of Grifore PantocratorHagia Sophia. Paschal cycle 12 Great Feasts Other feasts: Feast of Orthodoxy Intercession of the Theotokos. HesychasmPalamismand Hesychast controversy. Theosis Eastern Orthodox theology and Essence-Energies distinction.
The Faith Press,pp. Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies,pp. Of course the rejection of Platonic type of mysticism was traditional practice for the Fathers. Romanides, Underlying Positions of This Website. Dialogue Between an Orthodox and a Barlaamite. Archived from the original on His teaching about the light on Mt. Tabor, which he claimed was created. His criticisms of the Jesus Prayer, which he accused of being a practise of the Bogomils; also charged it with not proclaiming Christ as God.
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