A Materialist View of Reality

A recent publication of Leviathan, a long work by the seventeenth century English thinker Thomas Hobbes, shows him arguing for the position that the only reality is material or corporeal, human beings, and apparently even God, being no more than physical entities. He was the heir to a distinguished philosophical tradition already expressed by the Greek Democritus, according to whom atoms, […]

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Anestis Keselopoulos on St Gregory Palamas: Virtue as the ‘Middle Way’ of Spiritaul Life

In his study of the thought of St Gregory Palamas, across a number of pages Anestis Keselopoulos considers his notion of virtue: ‘Examining the texts of the holy Fathers, we see that they clearly describe the beginning of the journey to God with a practical philosophy that is composed of two basic aspects of the spiritual struggle. The first aspect of the […]

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Interesting Words

I recently overheard an American point to a large lizard of a kind familiar in Australia and say ‘Look at the iguana!’ In fact she was looking at the animal known as a goanna, but the mistake was a very easy one to make (particularly in the light of something I’ve just discovered in editing this post: the spell-checker doesn’t […]

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Andrew Dalby’s Tastes of Byzantium (2010)

It’s always a good idea to be prepared, and here’s a book that covers an unlikely eventuality that would nevertheless be an exciting one. Should you find yourself puzzling over the bill of fare in a restaurant in medieval Constantinople, it contains a fifty page phrase-book of Byzantine foods and aromas!  This is a book full of interest. After providing a […]

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Anestis Keselopoulos on St Gregory Palamas: Repentance and Purification (continued)

In his presentation of the thought of St Gregory Palamas, Anestis Keselopoulos observes: ‘The aim of repentance and mourning is to perfectly cleanse the soul from the passions, which ultimately means to overcome the Fall…repentance is the great opportunity God gives man and the potential for intimacy of sonship and union with Him…Man’s purification is the work of the grace of […]

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