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Theosis and Religion

Participation in Divine Life in the Eastern and Western Traditions

Theosis and Religion

Participation in Divine Life in the Eastern and Western Traditions

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108406338
Number of Pages: 200
Published: 14/03/2024
Theosis, originally a Greek term for Christian divinisation or deification, has become a vogue word in modern theology. Although recent publications have explored its meaning in a selection of different contexts, this is the first book to offer a coherent narrative of how the concept of theosis developed in both its Eastern and Western versions. Norman Russell shows how the role of Dionysius the Areopagite was pivotal, not only in Byzantium but also in the late mediaeval West, where it strengthened the turn towards an individualistic interiority. Russell also relates theosis to changing concepts of religion in the modern age. He investigates the Russian version of theosis, introduced in the West by Russian members the Paris School after the 1917 Revolution. Since then, theosis has undergone additional development through the addition of esoteric elements which have since passed into the mainstream of all theological traditions and even into popular spirituality.

Norman Russell (University of Oxford)

Norman Russell is Honorary Research Fellow at St Stephen's House, University of Oxford and Professor of Patristics and Byzantine Theology at the Istituto Teologico di Santa Eufemia di Calcedonia, of the Orthodox Exarchate of Italy. He is the author of acclaimed The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition (2005).

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