Theosis in Patristic Thought
In the current renewal of interest in the deification theme, the consensual and homogeneous character of this concept among early Christian writers is generally assumed. This article concisely examines the intricate complexity of the emergence and development of theosis in patristic theology, acknowledging the initially marginal, rhetorical, multi-dimensional, and often contextualized role of this concept prior to its theological consolidation in Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Maximus the Confessor in the sixth and seventh centuries. Important to Palamite and Neo-Palamite Eastern Orthodox theology, the distinction between the divine essence and energy is not necessarily a representative characteristic of the early church fathers.
Theosis; Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Maximus the Confesso; essence and energy
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THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS: EURO-ASIAN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY
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