Concluding Remarks

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen

in Activity and Participation in Late Antique and Early Christian Thought

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605965
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738227 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Concluding Remarks

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The conclusion draws together the results and discusses certain relevant topics on the background of what is achieved in the book. There are sections on the likeness and difference between the Neoplatonist and the Christian concept of God, on the concept of participation, on the central issue of essence and energy, and on divine simplicity in relation to multiple divine activities. Professor Meyendorff’s term ‘real distinction’ is discussed, as is the relation between created and uncreated being, and the issue of ‘person’ ( Zizioulas). The chapter ends with an attempt to speculate about what the ontological condition of deification consists of.

Keywords: Christian concept of God; created being; deification; energy; essence; Meyendorff; Neoplatonist concept of God; participation; person; real distinction; simplicity; uncreated being; Zizioulas

Chapter.  5340 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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