The divine glory and the divine energies

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Is the divine glory a creature, or is it God? The awkwardness of the question suggests that there is something wrong with the dichotomy in terms of which it is posed. A similar question can be asked about the divine "energies" (energeiai) in the New Testament. Both of these Scriptural themes challenge us to rethink our preconceptions about the nature of God and the relationship between creatures and Creator. In this paper I describe the interpretation of the divine glory and divine energies given by the Cappadocian Fathers of the fourth century. I argue that their view is both philosophically cogent and Scripturally sound, and is one that Christian philosophers today would do well to recover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-298
Number of pages20
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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