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Images of Deification

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/9780195124361.003.0004
Images of Deification

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This chapter begins the examination of Palamas with the same means used for Aquinas: by seeking direct references to deification and using the themes found in these passages as a guide through the work as a whole. To see the coherence of Palamas' theology one must look to the particular forms of his text. Those forms consist in a pattern of images, cognates for deification, that Palamas uses to convey his doctrines of God and of sanctification and by means of which he articulates the connection between these doctrines. By studying these images, a complex but coherent doctrine of deification emerges, which would be almost invisible to the reader who looked for a more linear exposition.

Keywords: deification; Gregory Palamas; God; cognates; images; sanctification

Chapter.  15357 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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