Thursday, October 09, 2008

Capita Physica Theologica Epitomes 101-125

Part V 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.

101. The divine energies are distinct from one another because God's creative power must be distinct from His foreknowledge or else His foreknowledge had a beginning.
102. The creative energy of God is distinct from His foreknowledge because His creatures, whom He foreknows, are posterior to Him.
103. God's creative energy must be distinct from His foreknowledge because if creating is not subject to His will then God would create by nature alone and not by will.
104. The three divine hypostases eternally connaturally mutually indwell without confusion, so God is substantially within Himself. God is within the universe and the universe is in God and God allows all things to participate not in His substance but in His sustaining energy called omnipresence.
105. 'Divinity' is a name for the divine energy because though we cannot participate in the substance of God, we participate in His divine energy [2 Pt 1:4].
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