Andrew Louth

The Place of Theosis in Orthodox Theology

translated by: Н. Н

pages: 95-107


Andrew Louth gives a very brief summary of deification in Orthodox theology. He investigates the place of theosis in the tradition of the East, presenting it in relation to the other elements that comprise the mosaic of this tradition’s theology, and identifying three ways this doctrine functions within the overall Orthodox experience: (1) as a complement to the doctrine of the Incarnation in the economy and plan of God; (2) as a way to stress the real change involved in the transformation of the human nature; and (3) as a witness to the grounding of theology in the transforming encounter with God. Louth demonstrates that the doctrine of deification has “structural” significance in Orthodox theology and goes on to argue that it determines the shape of that theology.





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