Implications of the Hypostatic Union

From Meyendorff’s Byzantium and the Rise of Russia. This is in the context of monasticism as a unifying factor in the Eastern social mind, with obvious references to the Hesychast controversy.

Hypostatic Union and the patristic doctrine of deification implies that divine life becomes accessible through the human flesh of Christ and of the saints. The innumerable references of Palamas to such texts as the homily of the Transfiguration of St John of Damascus–the great defender of matter as a legitimate channel of grace during the icnoclastic controversy– or to the Christology of St Maximus the Confessor, clearly indicate a basic unity of theological inspiration.