Essence–Energies distinction  

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The Energies of God are a central principle of theology in the Eastern Orthodox Church understood by the Fathers of the Church, and most famously formulated by Gregory Palamas, defending the hesychast practice, which involves the vision of a "Divine Light" against charges of heresy brought by Barlaam of Calabria.

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