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Hesychasm

(190 words)

Author(s): Flogaus, Reinhard
[German Version] 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…

Christology

(26,944 words)

Author(s): Karrer, Martin | Williams, Rowan D. | Hauschild, Wolf Dieter | Flogaus, Reinhard | Gunton, Colin | Et al.
[German Version] I. Primitive Christianity – II. History of Doctrine – III. Dogmatics – IV. Forms of Extra-ecclesial Christology I. Primitive Christianity 1. History of research and preliminary questions

Philotheus Kokkinos

(318 words)

Author(s): Flogaus, Reinhard
[German Version] (c. 1300–1379), Palamite theologian and patriarch of Constantinople. Philotheus, born to a Jewish family, began his studies in Thessaloniki as a student of the renowned philosopher Thomas Magister; later, as a monk on Athos, he studied with St. Sabas. In 1340, as a supporter of Gregory Palamas, he appended his signature to the Hesychastic Tomos Hagioreitikos. As confessor to the victorious usurper John VI Cantacuzenus, in 1347 he was appointed metropolitan of Heraclea. He composed the synodal tome of 1351 against Barlaam of Calabria a…

Nicephorus the Hesychast

(205 words)

Author(s): Flogaus, Reinhard
[German Version] (died before 1300), teacher of the Hesychast prayer and an opponent of union with Rome. Nicephorus was a Catholic from southern Italy who converted to the Orthodox faith and attained great fame as a Hesychast and spiritual father on Mount Athos. He was arrested in the spring of 1276 for opposing the unionist policies of Michael VIII Palaeologus and put on trial in Constantinople; he was then taken to Akko and tried a seco…