Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Capita Physica Theologica Epitomes 51-75

Part III 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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59. Through the Holy Spirit, Who has a spirit of truth, and the Son Who is Truth itself [Jn 14:6], true worshipers worship the Father "in spirit and truth" [Jn 4:23] and receive the divine energies.
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61. Angels and the soul, both incorporeal and dependent on God the sustainer of the universe, are not omnipresent but are not in a place; angels and the soul are bounded by God and the soul is everywhere in a body in the sense of encompassing and vivifying it thanks to the image of God.
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64. We are more to the image of God than angels but way inferior to the good angels concerning the likeness of God because they have more divine illumination; the wicked angels lack this illumination and so are in darkness. The good angels know sensible things by an all-seeing divine power rather than by a sensible and natural power.
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66. On Mount Tabor the Word Who compassionately assumed human nature showed to His chosen disciplines the luminous state of what we used to be and what we will be through Him in Heaven if we strive to live like Him as much as possible [St. John Chrysostom the Great].
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70. St. Isaiah enumerated seven (many) uncreated spirits (energies) [St. Gregory the Great Theologian of Nazianzus, Oratio in PG 36:432C] of "wisdom, understanding, knowledge, piety, counsel, might, and fear," [Is 11:1-2] which rested upon Christ's human nature.
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