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

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This critical volume focuses on the concept of deification in Christian intellectual history. It draws together Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant scholars to introduce and explain the theory of deification as a biblically rooted, central theme in the Christian doctrine of salvation in diverse eras and traditions. The book addresses the origin, development, ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Baker Academic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jacob Aitken
Not all essays are created equal, and it's certainly true here. Still, some good stuff. I'm focusing mainly on the Eastern guys at the moment.

One essay is dealing with the neo-Palamism of Vladimir Lossky. Lossky is taking Gregory Palamas's essence/energy distinction and offering a new and more thorough critique of Thomism and Augustinianism. While the author disagrees with Lossky, I commend him for recognizing what is at stake in this debate. He goes after the strongest opponent of his position
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John Lucy
Feb 01, 2012 John Lucy rated it it was amazing
This book rocks. Being from a Western religious context, the ideas of the Eastern Christian churches often seem foreign, despite the fact that Eastern churches hold more strictly to the Church Fathers. Part of the problem, as the authors of this book point out, is that the West has slowly distanced themselves from certain difficult concepts, thus forgetting theological ideas that were once commonplace in Christian discourse.

The stated purpose of this book is to reacquaint readers with a particu
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Monte Lee
Feb 05, 2013 Monte Lee rated it it was amazing
“Eastern Orthodox spirituality has become increasingly popular in academic and lay circles, as has the ancient Christian idea of becoming ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4) . . . Western Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians are now in dialogue with Eastern Orthodox theologians on the subject of theosis. . . .

The topic of deification in the past was largely confined to patristic studies and discussions within Eastern Christianity. . . . There has been no full study of theosis ac
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Matt Friedman
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 better than others Personally, I found the first two sections, on the context of Theosis in Christianity, and in Classical and Late Antiquity, to be especially valuable. Christensen's essay on Wesley and Theosis is a revision of an earlier published essay, and was tweaked just slightly, but ...more
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Oct 23, 2014 Shing-kit rated it really liked it
I m doing the thesis about the concept of deification, it is not a laymen written stylish book. It consist of the western views of deification, such as John Calvin, but it is not totally equal to the Eastern point of view. I still searching for the balance between Eastern and Western, but not yet founding what i'm looking for.
Kevin Gardner
Feb 20, 2015 Kevin Gardner rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on Theosis. I enjoyed the articles that took the reader from classical Greek philosophers to modern thought on the subject. This is a fascinating subject that has found neglect in modern evangelical and Calvinist theology that in now being examined once again.
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Great collection of articles. Louth, Star, McGuckin, and Hallonsten are good.
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Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.
Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale, Ph.D., Drew), is Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Director of the Shalom Initiative for Prophetic Leadership and Community Development at Drew University. He also is Senior Pastor of Epworth Berkeley United Methodist Church and Founder of WorldHope Corps, Inc.

He was “graduated with distinction” from Point Loma
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