Central to it is a divinization
which must bridge the chasm between human existence and the life of God.
This text sums up Panikkar's insight into Christ as the divinization
of the whole universe.
The volume closes with broader pieces: Gosta Hallonsten's survey of recent works on divinization
--including his call to greater precision in divinization
studies, and Wittung's cataloging of possible resources for further study.
33-39, wherein the author explains Gregory's understanding of the role played by the Holy Spirit in the process of divinization
and, what is more, the significance Gregory placed upon the procession of the Holy Spirit ex Patre solo for the proper Orthodox understanding of this process, as well as of the relationship existing between the persons of the Trinity; i.
It is Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita who integrates the concept of divinization
into a complex system of celestial and ecclesiastical hierarchies that mediate between God and men.
The word means simply "thing" or "reality," and here it specifically means the "reality" toward which the "sign" (water, incense, blood) points--namely, grace, divinization
, or very simply, God.
PATRICK LEE MILLER, "Purity of Thought: Dualism and Divinization
in Greek Philosophy.
The Orthodox church has preserved as freshly as it was understood in the early church the belief in the transformation of matter; following the resurrection of the Lord, humanity became viable to divinization
They are, he observes, part of what the orthodox tradition sees as the divinization
of the human person through relationships with others, and they bring us into the periochoresis of the Trinity or its "eternal dance of love" (64).
Then, in the midst of these great empires, bursts this extraordinary idea: a god who is not a tribal god, who is not the divinization
of a ruler or some natural force (like the sun), but a God who invites to an encounter in history.
Chapter 5, the heart of the book, presents a systematic reflection on the interrelationship between mercy and other Christian concepts such as grace, forgiveness, and divinization
Through our own personal divinization
in Christ, we imitate, by an interpenetrating participation or filiation in him, the unified activity of the unconfused natures in his personal unity.
In our own time, Karl Rahner's Christology forwarded this understanding of the incarnation as rooted primarily in God's original and ongoing love for humanity, and God's original and ongoing plan for human transformation and divinization
Finnish Luther research has come to the conclusion that Luther's idea of the presence of Christ in faith can form a basis for treating the question of divinization
Similarly, Dominik Bonatz ("The Divine Image of the King: Religious Representations of Political Power in the Hittite Kingdom") addresses the vexing point that some images of Hittite rulers bearing the horns signifying divinity seem to have been created during their lifetimes--despite the generally accepted view that the monarch "became a god" only at death--by assuming that the notion of divinization
had "escaped" from its original context in the funerary rituals.