The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition

Norman Russell

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"The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition" by Norman Russell explores the profound concept of deification, a central teaching of the early Greek Church Fathers. Through meticulous analysis and insightful interpretation, Russell delves into the theological perspectives of influential figures such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius, and Gregory of Nyssa.

Drawing from a wide range of primary sources, Russell unveils the rich tapestry of ideas surrounding deification, also known as theosis, which entails the transformative union between humanity and divinity. Within this framework, the author identifies key themes and motifs, including the significance of the incarnation, the role of the Holy Spirit, and the process of purification and divinization.

By examining the scriptural foundations and extensive intellectual discussions on deification, Russell illuminates the significance of this doctrine for early Christian theology. He explores its implications for understanding the nature of God, the purpose of humanity, the nature of salvation, and the ultimate destiny of believers. Moreover, Russell skillfully addresses the critiques and controversies that arose concerning deification during its evolution within the Greek patristic tradition.

With clarity and precision, "The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition" offers a comprehensive study of this captivating theological concept. Suitable for scholars, theologians, and anyone interested in early Christianity, this book unlocks the profound wisdom and enduring relevance of deification within the Greek patristic tradition.

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