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The Ground of Union: Deification in Aquinas and Palamas

A. N. Williams


This book attempts to resolve one of the oldest and bitterest controversies between the Eastern and Western Christian churches: namely, the dispute about the doctrine of deification. This book examines two key thinkers, each of whom is championed as the authentic spokesman of his own tradition and reviled by the other. Taking Thomas Aquinas as representative of the West and Gregory Palamas for the East, the book presents fresh readings of their work that both reinterpret each thinker and show an area of commonality between them much greater than has previously been acknowledged.

Keywords: deification, Thomas Aquinas, Gregory Palamas, Western Christian church, Eastern Christian church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195124361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. N. Williams, author
Yale Divinity School
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