The Revival of Political Hesychasm in Contemporary Orthodox Thought focuses on the retrieval of the spiritual theology of the Orthodox Church and how it is being used in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to develop a political ideology that allows for the creation of a unique Eastern Orthodox identity, which is against Western globalization. Daniel P. Payne approaches the phenomenon from the standpoint of constructivism as understood in the social science tradition of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann. He argues that the construction of this unique Orthodox identity, especially by the Greek theologians John S. Romanides and Christos Yannaras, is similar to what is occurring in other religious traditions around the world. Additionally, Payne examines the retrieval of the hesychastic tradition of the Orthodox Church using a genealogical approach. Here the thought of the Russian emigration, especially the thought of Georges Florovsky, is of primary importance. The book appraises this revival in the Orthodox world and its ecumenical possibilities for a pluralistic world.
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About the Author
Daniel P. Payne is a lecturer and member of the graduate faculty at Baylor University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Neo-Orthodox Movement as a Social Constructivist Project 1
1 Hellene or Romaios? The Debate over Modern Greek Identity 43
2 The Hesychast Controversy and the Birth of Political Hesychasm in the Fourteenth Century 81
3 The Rediscovery of Orthodox Spiritual Theology in the Twentieth Century 123
4 The Neo-Patristic Synthesis of Georges Florovsky 157
5 The Synthesis of Hesychasm and Romeosyne in the Thought of John S. Romanides 195
6 The Political Hesychasm of Christos Yannaras 233
About the Author 301