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The Ground of Union : Deification in Aquinas and Palamas - A. N. Williams

The Ground of Union

Deification in Aquinas and Palamas

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Published: 1st October 1999
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This book attempts to resolve one of the oldest and bitterest controversies between the Eastern and Western Christian churches: namely, the dispute about the doctrine of deification. A. N. Williams examines two key thinkers, each of whom is championed as the authentic spokesman of his own tradition and reviled by the other. Taking Aquinas as representative of the West and Gregory Palamas for the East, she presents fresh readings of their work that both reinterpret each thinker and show an area of commonality between them much greater than has previously been acknowledged.

"Williams makes a significant contribution [towards] enabling [. . .] a recognition of the extent to which the theme and sometimes the language of deification recur throughout the history of Christian theology. [This] could prove to be a major step in overcoming misunderstanding between East and West, [. . .] an invaluable service [. . .] well worth the effort of careful reading."--St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Problem and Its Historyp. 3
The God to Whom We Are Likenedp. 34
The Manner of Our Likeningp. 65
Images of Deificationp. 102
Theosis as Constituent of the Doctrine of Godp. 128
Conclusionp. 157
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780195124361
ISBN-10: 0195124367
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.2  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.53