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The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

Norman Russell


Deification in the Greek patristic tradition was the fulfilment of the destiny for which humanity was created — not merely salvation from sin but entry into the fullness of the divine life of the Trinity. This book traces the history of deification, from its birth as a second-century metaphor with biblical roots to its maturity as a doctrine central to the spiritual life of the Byzantine Church. Drawing attention to the richness and diversity of the patristic approaches from Irenaeus to Maximus the Confessor, the book offers a full discussion of the background and context of the doctrine, at t ... More

Keywords: deification, Greek patristic tradition, humanity, salvation, sin, divine life, Trinity, metaphor, Byzantine Church, Irenaeus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Russell, author
Formerly Vice-Provost of the London Oratory, now an independent scholar