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The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor$
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Torstein Tollefsen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237142.001.0001

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The Divine Activity

The Divine Activity

(p.138) 4 The Divine Activity
The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

Oxford University Press

There is a distinction to be conceived between God's essence and his activity (energeia). This distinction is discussed with a view to Gregory Palamas and earlier theological developments. Maximus has an interesting philosophy of divine activity, an activity that is distributed cosmologically and soteriologically on the basis of the logoi as principles. The logoi regulate the degree of participation in the divine being received by each creature. These metaphysical topics are fundamental to Maximus' conception spiritual development.

Keywords:   essence‐activity, energeia, Gregory Palamas, logoi, participation, soteriology, spiritual development

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