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The Problem and Its History

A. N. Williams

in The Ground of Union

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195124361
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124361.003.0001
The Problem and Its History

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This chapter begins by addressing the question of why Palamas and Aquinas should be compared specifically on the issue of deification. It then discusses the irreconcilability of Thomism and Palamism. It outlines the notion of deification that had developed in Christian theology before the high Middle Ages and the end of Byzantium in order to sketch the conventional wisdom concerning that history, to summarize its findings and illustrate them briefly from the writings of the Fathers themselves to establish what kind of doctrine we are seeking in the works of Aquinas and Palamas.

Keywords: deification; Thomas Aquinas; Gregory Palamas; Thomism; Palamism; Christian theology

Chapter.  17947 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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