Discernment, Dogma, Empirical Dogmatics, Glossary, Hesychasm, illumination, James L. Kelley, Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, Patristic Theology, Protopresbyter John Romanides, Protopresbyter John S. Romanides, Purification, Romanides, St. Gregory Palamas, Theoria, Theosis
The subject of God has concerned human beings in all eras from both the philosophical and theological point of view. All the different philosophical and religious systems attempt to answer such questions as What is God?’, ‘Since when does He exist?’, ‘Who made Him?’, ‘What is His relationship with the world?’ and so on.
In the Orthodox Church we teach that God was revealed to the Prophets, Apostles, Fathers and saints, and they have true knowledge of God. They are the real theologians in the Church. Those who theologise are those whose nous is illumined and who follow the teaching of the experienced. We rely on their testimony, because God is not something discovered by powerful human reasoning, but the Person Who reveals Himself to the pure heart of man, according to the Beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).
—Empirical Dogmatics, Volume 2