Submission Title

A Christian Approach to Deification: What Protestants can learn from Eastern Orthodoxy

Session Number

RS12

Location

Robinson 210

Abstract Number

RS12-c

Abstract

Christ was made man that we might be made God.” This statement by Saint Athanasius captures one of the primary elements of Orthodox Spirituality called Deification or theosis, accomplished in Christ. The emphasis on one’s relationship with Christ as a journey rather than a destination marks one of the differences with Western spirituality. This presentation explores primary differences between Orthodox and Western spirituality. A major focus will be put on what it means to “become like God” for Protestant communities and movements and what they could learn from Eastern Orthodox liturgy, practices, and theology.

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A Christian Approach to Deification: What Protestants can learn from Eastern Orthodoxy

Robinson 210

Christ was made man that we might be made God.” This statement by Saint Athanasius captures one of the primary elements of Orthodox Spirituality called Deification or theosis, accomplished in Christ. The emphasis on one’s relationship with Christ as a journey rather than a destination marks one of the differences with Western spirituality. This presentation explores primary differences between Orthodox and Western spirituality. A major focus will be put on what it means to “become like God” for Protestant communities and movements and what they could learn from Eastern Orthodox liturgy, practices, and theology.