Within The Divine Life

Nicholas J. Healy

in The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278367
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603419 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 Within The Divine Life

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In Chapter Four, an analysis of the debate between Thomas Aquinas and Gregory Palamas on the nature of the visio dei secures the principle that without ongoing mediation, the union of God and the creature will be conceived along unacceptably monistic and/or dualistic lines. To avoid this reduction, Healy develops the idea that the unifying gift of the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist represents both a divine self-communication to man, and a human self-communication to God. Deification is shown to be a matter of reciprocal communion, whereby what is most intimate in God’s being is given over to the creature, and what most intimate in the creature is given over to God.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Gregory Palamas; deification; visio dei; communion

Chapter.  22973 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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