Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Capita Physica Theologica Epitomes 26-50

Part II of VI. Here I attempt to provide the epitomes of each chapter of the 150-chapter Capita Physica Theologica, a work of systematic theology by Archbishop St. Gregory Palamas the Wonderworker of Thessaloniki, who is venerated by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox alike. I pretty-much omit the very often powerful, straight-forward reasoning process of the saint, which can be reminiscent of that of the prince of theologians, that Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas. Nevertheless I give the conclusions of the miracle-working archbishop and try to do justice to his holy memory by portraying these conclusions completely and accurately.

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28. Natural scientists, astronomers, and know-it-alls have never understood any of these truths but rather they have considered the demons superior to themselves and worshipped them and were led far astray by the lies of the demons.
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31. The souls of irrational animals are mortal and not self-subsistent.
32. The soul which vivifies the body possesses life essentially, i.e., in itself and is manifestly immortal because it has a rational and intellectual life clearly different from that of the body.
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36. The Holy Spirit is not begotten, but He is God of God and proceeds with the Son/Word as regards His eternal existence from the Father alone in the sense of ekporeusis. The Holy Spirit belongs to both Father and Son for He is the mutual intimacy, i.e., like the love of the Father for His Son.
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46. By willfully spurning the command of God not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil [Gen 2:17; 3:6], Adam and Eve became of the same mind as the deathly spirit of Satan and died spiritually, having lost the divine radiance. This results in the communication of bodily death and this happens whenever the body returns to the dust from which it came [Gen 3:17] unless one patiently suffers the sentence of He Who conserves the body; "The Lord is just and loves justice" [Ps 10:7] and every work of His is just and nothing can be accomplished unless He decrees it.
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