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At the center of this mystical-ascetic form of spirituality of Orthodox Christian origin stands the ἡσυχία/hēsychía, the perfect outer and inner peace that is attained through incessant praying (Prayer of the Heart) and which may lead to a gracious, imageless vision of God. The roots of hesychasm reach back into the 4th century (Evagrius Ponticus), although it did not flourish until the 13th/14th century on Mount Athos. From 1338 onward, in his dispute with Barlaam of Calabria, G. Palamas defended the hesychast light vision with the help of the distinctio…

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Flogaus, Reinhard, “Hesychasm”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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