Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deificiation in the Christian Traditions

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Michael J. Christensen, Jeffery A. Wittung
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2007 - Religion - 325 pages
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This critical volume focuses on the issue of continuity and discontinuity of the Christian concept of theosis, or deification, in the intellectual history of ideas. It addresses the origin, development, and function of theosis from its antecedents in ancient Greek philosophy to its nuanced use in contemporary theological thought. Often seen as a heresy in the Protestant West, the revival of interest in deification in both lay and scholastic circles heralds a return to foundational understandings of salvation in the Christian church before the divisions of East and West, Catholic and Protestant.

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Excellent overview of a complicated and sometimes misunderstood and controversial item of theology. Most of it is readable for a non-professional. Overall, well done. Read full review

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This volume is a fairly good place to begin if one wants a good overview of the scholarly state of things on this topic from a fairly wide variety of viewpoints. Some reviews are, however, definitely ... Read full review


The Problem Promise and Process of Theosis
The Place of Theosis in Orthodox Theology
Theosis in Classical and Late Antiquity
Deification of the Philosopher in Classical Greece
Can We Speak of Theosis in Paul?
4 Speak of Deification?
Theosis in Patristic Thought
The Strategic Adaptation of Deification in the Cappadocians
Little Christs for the World Faith and Sacraments as Means to Theosis
United to God through Christ
Christian Perfection as Faith Filled with the Energy of Love
Theosis in Modern Thought
NeoPalamism Divinizing Grace and the Breach between East and West
Russian Theosis
Divinization in Roman Catholicism
A Renewal of Interest and a Need for Clarity

Rhetorical Application of Theosis in Greek Patristic Theology
Divinization as Perichoretic Embrace in Maximus the Confessor
Paradise as the Landscape of Salvation in Ephrem the Syrian
Theosis in Medieval and Reformation Thought
A Eucharistic Reading of John 35157 in Būluṣ alBūshīs Treatise On the Incarnation
Theoria and the Doctrinal Logic of Perfection
Resources on Theosis with Select Primary Sources in Translation
General Index
Scripture Index

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