By Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
Examining the works of the Church Fathers on either side of the East-West divide in Christianity, Bartolo-Abela exhibits that instead of being limited to the East, deification featured continually in lots of theological works renowned within the West, with the main favourite being these of Aquinas, Augustine, Hilary of Poitiers, Irenaeus and Jerome. Bartolo-Abela argues that it used to be deification, not only salvation as mostly understood, that used to be additionally inherently said by way of Paul VI within the common name to holiness present in Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic structure at the Church.
Deification is the method of guy changing into god and reaching theoria, seeing God, after purification of the center and illumination of the center of the soul have ensued via baptism within the Holy Spirit, as understood all through culture. Deification from this existence, now not completely the following, is the need of God for mankind in accord with the phrases of Christ and Peter, “I acknowledged you're gods” (Jn 10:34) and “partakers of the divine nature” (2 P 1:4).
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