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In Palamas' incarnational view of history, Christ Himself was the symbol uniting man and God. It was Christ and His Holy Spirit that illumined the hesychast mystic.
Conceptual knowledge, begins with the senses and since God surpasses sense knowledge He is unknowable. Page 53 Thus Barlaam was to contend that the best form of knowledge that man possesses is philosophy or ''the knowledge of beings'' and their concepts. Theology which held out the hope of knowing God was a futile enterprise and an apophatic theology that taught an experiential knowledge on the part of man toward God was truly, for him, a heresy. It is interesting that both Barlaam and Palamas read Pseudo-Dionysius and yet came up with diametrically opposed views.
Such a method is necessary to correct the modus significandi, the manner of speaking in human concepts which never can exhaust the infinite perfections found in God. Such a theology attempts to speak of God by what He is not rather than by what He is. Page 34 For the Cappadocians, God is superior to all other essences. The biblical description of God, the One who is (o wn) expresses the divinity that is infinite and above all intelligibility on the part of finite creatures. God is the only truly authentic being which is opposed to all other non-being.
A theology of ''uncreated energies'' by George S. Maloney