In Orthodox theology deification
starts with baptism and the believer's liberation from worldly passions.
The basic conclusion of all the works developing the patristic understanding of deification
is that it was prescribed by the divine will as the end of created nature, and thus is anticipated and begins in our earthly life but is fully realized only in the future consummation.
With its grateful deification
of Stalin, The Vow had inaugurated a new era in Soviet movie-making.
PARTAKING IN DIVINE NATURE: DEIFICATION
But tell me,what the hell did Best ever do that deserved this deification
, indeed Diana-ification, of his hardly unexpected death?
For years, there was talk of Diana's deification
- as though a grief-stricken public were elevating her to the status of saint, or even god.
The doctrine of pure grace experienced an unprecedented deification
The 90s witnessed the deification
of the yob and the get-rich-quick yuppie.
11 court victory, which cleared the 25-year-old Stanford grad with a circulatory disorder in his right leg to motor between shots on the pro tours, also threatens to speed his deification
Over the centuries the great spiritual writers like Saint Thomas Aquinas have called the process deification
-- that the goal of the Christian life is to realize one's participation in the power of God.
Moral choices are part of a historical journey of ascetical and spiritual becoming, stages in a journey in communion with others leading ultimately to deification
He applies the critical perspectives of Edward Said's Orientalism and other post-colonial critical works in order to show how the texts in question were part of larger discursive frameworks of identity and demographic expansion and also to show how many of the concepts at the core of Italian Fascist ideology-- the myth of Roman dominance, the supremacy of Italian civilization, the irresistibility of collective action, and the deification
of the leader--were expressed and elaborated in these writings.
Witness the deification
of John Barnes after THAT goal in the Maracana against Brazil, or Maradona's effort in the 1986 World Cup against England.
Nowadays, the human spirit seems more threatened by the excesses of Capitalism, with its deification
of money and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor - children below the poverty line, homelessness on the streets, and whole countries crippled by irrepayable debt.
However being photogenic, being a princess, overcoming the obstacles in your life and attracting attention to various causes does not qualify one for the sort of post-mortem deification
we are seeing in the media.