Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deificiation in the Christian Traditions
Michael J. Christensen, Jeffery A. Wittung
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2007 - Religion - 325 pages
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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