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Date of Award
Master of Arts in Church History
School of Theology • Seminary
William J. Cahoy
I explore the emergence of the hesychast spirituality among the monks of the Egyptian desert, trace hesychasm to Mount Athos, where it is defended by Gregory Palamas, and follow it from there to the monks of Russia. I focus on how Christ's incarnation spoke to the importance of involving both body and mind in pursuit of the vision of the "divine light." Just as Christ appeared transfigured while losing nothing of his humanity, we humans can achieve deification through Christ, who is manifest in the Church and in the created world.
Ryan, Erin, "The Hesychast Tradition, from Egypt to Russia: a Journey into the Light of Christ" (1999). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 1818.
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