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Nikolaos Kabasilas’s De vita in Christo and its context

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From the journal Byzantinische Zeitschrift


The purpose of the present article is to examine the position of Nikolaos Kabasilas on the life in Christ in comparison with the relevant positions of Gregory Palamas and Gregory Akindynos. Kabasilas’s view that the grace of God, through the mysteries, creates in man’s soul a certain mental disposition towards God, is much closer to Akindynos’ theory that the virtues are created results of the divine grace’s working inside man’s soul, than to Palamas’s thesis that the virtues of the deified soul are uncreated. Kabasilas’s insistence on the ethical dimensions of the life in Christ is a proof that he did not embrace the doctrinal positions of the Palamite party as wholeheartedly as many contemporary scholars maintain. In the same context Kabasilas’s Anti-Zealot discourse is tentatively interpreted as an attack of the author against the Palamite ecclesiastical establishment of his time.

Online erschienen: 2013-09-07
Erschienen im Druck: 2013-09

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