The Fathers and Theosis
20-04-2009, 08:28 PM
A couple tidbits from Norman Russell:
"Gregory tends to avoid the language of participation. Nowhere, for
example, does he quote 2 Pe 1:4. Nor is deification is said to be
equivalent to adoption. ... the emphasis is on moral progress and ascent
of the soul."
-Norman Russel: The Doctrine of Deification p. 224
[St Cyril] "follows closely in his predecessor's (Saint Athanasius)
footsteps uninfluenced for the most part by the writings of the Cappadocians."
-Norman Russell: Partakers of the Divine Nature
The verb theopoiou is not used in philosophical contexts. It expresses
the bringing about of a change in the believer by Christ, a promotion
from the fallen condition of humanity to a state freed from subjection to
death. Christ's teaching is all-sufficient. ? theopoiesis is therefore
fundamentally a product of Christian discipleship. This is because to be
deified is to attain immortality, and immortality is not an innate
human characteristic but a gift from God. It does not come about
through the realization of the essential self, as in Platonism, but is
granted as a result of fidelity to the teaching of Christ and his Church.
- Norman Russel: The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition p. 161
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