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The Revival of Political Hesychasm in Contemporary Orthodox Thought

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1 Preface 2 Introduction: The Neo-Orthodox Movement as a Social Constructivist Project 3 Chapter 1: Hellene or Romaios? The Debate over Modern Greek Identity 4 Chapter 2: The Hesychast Controversy and the Birth of Political Hesychasm in the Fourteenth Century 5 Chapter 3: The Rediscovery of Orthodox Spiritual Theology in the Twentieth Century 6 Chapter 4: The Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Georges Florovsky 7 Chapter 5: The Synthesis of Hesychasm and Romeosyne in the Thought of John S. Romanides 8 Chapter 6: The Political Hesychasm of Christos Yannaras 9 Conclusion 10 Bibliography 11 About the Author

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Daniel P. Payne is a lecturer and member of the graduate faculty at Baylor University.


Payne provides us with a thorough and theoretically challenging examination of some influential theological and intellectual currents within the contemporary Greek Orthodoxy, their socio-historical background, and their multifaceted repercussions. This is a well-documented, thoughtful, and thus indispensable book for anyone wishing to learn more about Orthodox Christianity in general, its specific worldview, and its overall evolution in (post)modern times. -- Vasilios N. Makrides, author of Hellenic Temples and Christian Churches: A Concise History of the Religious Cultures of Greece from Antiquity to the Present At a time when "political hesychasm" is frequently being used to characterize Orthodox political theology, Daniel P. Payne presents us with a much needed critical analysis of the sources of this concept and its contemporary usage in Greek Orthodox theological thought. -- Kristina Stoeckl, Universita di Roma 'Tor Vergata

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