Chapter

The Divinization of Man

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780823220748
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0018
The Divinization of Man

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This chapter shows that the gift of grace perfects man's nature, giving him a share in the divine life and making him a temple of the Holy Spirit. This life comes to man through Christ. As a man, Christ offered Himself to the Father for the redemption of mankind. Similarly in the contemplative life, the mystic offers himself to God in existential prayer and in utter forgetfulness of all creatures. Just as the Father communicates the divine nature to the Son without losing anything of His personality; and just as the Son is one in nature with the father without losing His; so the Christian receives the divine life of grace without losing that personality which is most fundamental to him. The reception of divine life perfects the human personality, destroying nothing but transforming all.

Keywords: offering; personality; divine life; Father; Son; Christ; forgetfulness

Chapter.  5332 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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