Theosis (Deification) as a Biblical and Historical Doctrine

Original scientific paper
https://doi.org/10.32862/k.13.1.1

Theosis (Deification) as a Biblical and Historical Doctrine

Goran Medved

Fulltext: pdf (279 KB) pg. 7-38

Abstract
This is the first of the two articles by this author that research the doctrine of theosis, sometimes also called deification or divinization. The second article presents theosis as a New Testament and evangelical doctrine. This first article presents theosis as a biblical and historical doctrine. The first major section of this article analyzes the main biblical texts for the doctrine of theosis; their interpretation and appropriation for theosis. The second major section of this article gives an overview of historical development of the doctrine of theosis, from the beginning of Christian thought to modern era. It shows that theosis was not limited to Eastern theologians but was also represented in the West in certain mainstream theologians and movements. Because of its biblicity and historicity, theosis should be considered an essential historical doctrine of the Church.

Keywords
theosis; deification; divinization; imago Dei; image; likeness; restoration; patristic theosis; medieval theosis; protestant theosis

Hrčak ID: 219015

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/219015