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Hesychasm
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In the Orthodox Church, Hesychasm (from Gk. hēsychia, “quietness, stillness”) is the tradition of quiet, inner, prayerful contemplation of God. The early monks (Monasticism) of the 3d and 4th centuries sought this stillness in their ascetic program by outward flight from the world and the combating of inner unrest (Anchorites). Simeon the New Theologian (949–1022), who described his encounters with God as visions of light, must be regarded as the pioneer of Hesychasm. Tractates of the 12th to the 14th centuries (esp. by Nicephorus of Athos and Gregory of Sinai) show that on Mount Atho…

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Albrecht, Ruth, “Hesychasm”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H152>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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