Develop a clear understanding of the conflict between Gregory Palamas and Barlaam the Calabrian.
Understand the struggle of the hesychasts and the mysticism of hesychia.
Reflect upon the style of mysticism promoted by Gregory Palamas and how it can influence your own spiritual practices.
Required Text: “Holy Hesychia: The Stillness that knows God,” by Gregory Palamas with commentary by Robin Amis.
Assignment: Write a 6 – 8-page paper summarizing the work of Gregory Palamas in the section of the book “In Defence of the Holy Hesychasts,” using the commentary of Robin Amis to better understand Palamas. In the paper, also include a reflection upon your own spiritual life and reflect on how, if at all, the hesychast approach may influence or not influence your own approach to spiritual practice.