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Passions and Virtues according to Saint Gregory Palamas

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ISBN: 1878997750


Dig into the theology of fourteenth-century archbishop of Thessaloniki St. Gregory Palamas with Anestis Keselopoulos’ presentation of Palamas’ views on passion and virtue. Drawing heavily from Palamas’ homilies and other primary sources, Keselopoulos brings Palamas to life for twenty-first-century readers.

Palamas bases his teaching on the passions and virtues on the basic theological distinction between human life according to nature and human life contrary to nature. He argues that the passions do not belong to human nature, but are rather impulses and actions foreign to the natural life of man. For Palamas, the passions are states where man moves in a way that is contrary to nature. He characterizes passions as “deceitful desires.”

However, when the soul moves according to nature, one’s desires become an ardent longing for God, a “divine passion.” Palamas covers the entire spectrum of the spiritual life as he analyzes the causes of the soul’s enslavement to the passions and shows how the godlike virtues are their opposites. For him, this life begins with the cessation of our own impassioned thoughts, and leads to the soul’s reception of the divine grace of the Holy Spirit. This is the ultimate goal for all Christians.

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Key Features

  • Presents the views of St. Gregory of Palamas for twenty-first-century readers
  • Draws heavily from Palamas’ homilies and other primary sources
  • Discusses the nature of human desire and “divine passion”


  • The Meaning of Passion
  • The Phenomenology of Passion
  • Repentance and Purification
  • Virtues as the “Middle Way” of Spiritual Life
  • “Divine Passion”

Product Details

  • Title: Passions and Virtues according to Saint Gregory Palamas
  • Author: Anestis Keselopoulos
  • Publisher: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 210
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Topic: Historical Theology

About Anestis Keselopoulos

Anestis Keselopoulos is professor of ethics, pastoral theology, Orthodox spiritual life at the University of Thessaloniki.