Energy. The Aristotelian term for the Actus, act, of the schoolmen. See
Act. Of course this sense of the word is different from the modern one,
in which it denotes great force in speech or action.
The word energy with its corresponding verbs and participles occurs so
frequently in St. Paul's writings, that the question presents itself,
did he use it in a precise technical sense? and if so, was that sense
the Aristotelian? This is a point which I have never seen discussed. It
appears to me, however, that in most if not all the places
in the Pauline writings where we find the word, it will bear an
Energy is a term which occupies a marked place in the Monothelite
controversy. The Monothelite proposition was that there is one energy in
our Lord and Saviour. The Dythelite, which ultimately triumphed, was
that as our Lord has in His one Person two natures, each entire and
perfect, it is necessary to the integrity of each nature that it should
have every energy properly appertaining to it, and therefore there must
be in the Saviour two wills, the Divine and the human.
The question is one from which the reverent inquirer naturally shrinks.
When it was raised, however, it required to be settled. It is easy to
see that by both sides the word energy was used in its philosophical