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The Fathers and Theosis
21-08-2008, 09:08 AM
Post: #6
 
Dear Kirk,

Thank you for this - your contributions are always so useful; I always feel a sense of cheer when I see you've posted Smile

I hadn't known that about the Blessed Theotokos and the Syriac Orthodox; goodness me, that would send some of our protestant friends into paroxysms :wink:

I know what you mean by Palamas and 'essence' and 'energies'. This becomes a major part of the discussion of theosis with, I think, St. Basil the Great, who in his Letter to Amphilochius writes:
Quote:We say that we know the greatness of God, His power, His wisdom, His goodness, His providence over us, and the justness of His judgement, but not His very essence ... The energies are diversified, and the essence simple, but we say that we know our God from His energies, but do not undertake to approach near to His essence. His energies come down to us, but His essence remains beyond our reach ... So knowledge of the divine essence involves perception of His incomprehensibility, and the object of our worship is not that of which we comprehend the essence, but of which we comprehend that the essence exists.

He seems here to have been drawing on St. Athanasius, who, in his Against the Arians writes:
Quote:And how can there be deifying apart from the Word and before Him? Yet saith He to their brethren the Jews:'If He called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came.' (Jo. 10:34) And if all that are called sons and gods, whether in earth or on heaven, were adopted and deified through the Word, and the Son Himself is the Word, it is plain that through Him are they all, and He Himself before all, or rather He Himself only in the Son, and He alone is very God from the very God, not receiving these prerogatives as a reward for His virtues, nor being another beside them, but being all these by nature and according to essence.

Not to anticipate too much what I want to say later, we might also notice what the blessed St. Cyril has to say in chapter 9 of his Commentary on the Gospel of St. John when he examines Psalm 82:6:
Quote:Shall we then, leaving off being what we are, mount up to the Divine and unutterable Essence, and deposing the Word of God from His very Sonship, in place of Him sit with the Father and make the kindness of Him Who honours us as pretext for impiety? God forbid; but the Son will be unchangeable in that which He is, we, adopted unto sonship and gods by grace, not ignorant of what we are: and in this way do we believe that the saints are light.
For St. Cyril, it is always important to to emphasise that we are sons by adoption, receiving this gift of grace due to God's kindness; we are not sons by nature - the Only Begotten Son is the only one who is.

In Christ,

John

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
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The Fathers and Theosis - John Charmley - 19-08-2008, 09:41 AM
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