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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Theopoesis vs. Theosis

Al Kimel has a new post at Pontifications summing up some of the latest scholarly discussion on how the doctrine of "deification" developed in East and West. Given the interests of most of those who comment here, I'm sure it will spark discussion.

Apropos of that, I've never quite understood why some Orthodox charge that Catholicism lacks a genuine doctrine thereof. Now I understand a bit: more doctrinal development took place in the East on this topic than in the West. Of course the development appears to have stopped with the Palamite councils and the fall of Constantinople little more than a century later. That's what makes it plausible for many to deny that Orthodoxy harbors such as thing as doctrinal development. But there it is.

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