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The Reception of Divine Life

Daniel A. Keating

in The Appropriation of Divine Life in Cyril of Alexandria

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267132
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267138.003.0004

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 The Reception of Divine Life

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Discusses Cyril’s understanding of how the divine life in Christ is appropriated by us. The first stage of investigation consists in a sketch of Cyril’s theology of grace, showing the interplay of faith, human freedom, and divine grace in the reception of divine life. The second stage asks whether (and in what sense) the Incarnate Word serves as the pattern for our reception of, and progress in, the divine life, and whether Cyril allows full play for the humanity of Christ. The third and final stage asks what the relation is between the divine life implanted in us and the fruits of that divine life worked out in us and through us in this present age. Concludes that in Cyril, our reception of the divine life is ordered to a distinctive way of life and to a progressive sanctification through which we are conformed to Christ.

Keywords: divine life; faith; freedom; grace; humanity of Christ; synergism; virtue

Chapter.  17856 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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