“This union will enable persistence to the end with a pure spirit in the most narrow relations with God” (Gregory Palamas, II.2.20). Such relations were defined as “direct relations with God in which no intermediary such as an angel intervenes” (II.3.27-28). Deification is not hypostatic: “Hypostatic union happens to be predicated of the Word and God-man alone . . . those deemed worthy of union with God are united to God in energy and spirit” (Capita 75). “By this union the mind sees God in the Spirit in a manner transcending human powers” (II.3.11).
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