ST. GREGORY PALAMAS, CHRISTOPHER VENIAMIN
Title: Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies / St. Gregory Palamas: The Homilies
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Mount Thabor Publishing October 2009
0977498344 / 9780977498345
Seller ID: 95791
A Christian should be able to recall, with reverence, the names of the men and women in any given century who speak with the voice of the Church. The list should include Apostles and writers of Scripture, and great defenders of faith such as Irenaeus, Athanasius, the Cappadocian Fathers, Maximus Confessor, Gregory the Great, and John of Damascus. In the fourteenth century, one particular saint, theologian and confessor stands above all others in his influence on the Christian East: Gregory Palamas. Despite imprisonment, exile, capture by Muslims, and abuse from his own people, St. Gregory died as bishop of Thessalonica having successfully defended Orthodoxy against the teaching of Barlaam of Calabria. Barlaam taught that philosophers have better knowledge of God than prophets, because God cannot be known except through reason; hence, monks engaged in contemplative prayer waste the time they should use pursuing education. Disturbed by these accusations, the monks of Mt. Athos called on St. Gregory to articulate the direct experience of Christ they received through love, prayer and stillness. The writings he produced are absolutely essential for understanding the mind of Orthodox Christianity today. For the first time, a complete edition of all sixty-three extant homilies now appears in English. 761 pp.