Naturally Human, Supernaturally God
Deification in Pre-Concilliar Catholicism
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Title Page, Copyright Page
Many kind and generous people have assisted me in the writing of this book. My thanks go first of all to the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne and the Archdiocese of Melbourne for granting me time for research and for underwriting it with generous funding. Alexandra Diriart, José Granados...
This book had its beginnings in a personal quest to understand better the key doctrinal trends characterizing the Catholic theological landscape in the decades leading up to the Second Vatican Council. It is published here as the culmination of a lengthy and satisfying, even if occasionally arduous...
1. Setting the Scene
Before studying our three theologians and the way deification features in their works, a brief outline of the immediate history of deification in modern Catholic thought will be helpful. This chapter serves as a kind of summary index, rather than an in-depth history. It offers snapshots that indicate the...
2. Entering the Fray
With the broad historical and theological background of chapter 1 in place, it is now time to introduce one by one the three figures whose theology of deification constitutes the subject of this book, and whose respective theological approaches have become representative of three quite distinct schools or...
Part I: Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
3. Deification and the Person of Christ
The Christian doctrine of deification has always depended crucially on its root and foundation in christology.1 Incarnation and deification are two sides of a single soteriological coin, structural corollaries one of the other. Early patristic formulations posit human participation in the divine nature as a gratuitous...
4. Deification and the Divine Indwelling
Although today we generally do not hesitate to speak of such matters as mysticism, spiritual experience, and personal union with God, there was a period lasting almost three hundred years in French Catholic history when such language was felt to be only marginally Christian and even doctrinally...
5. Deification and Divine Causality
In an essay published in 2004, Bruce D. Marshall took up criticisms by a number of modern Orthodox theologians directed at alleged failures on the part of western theology in general and of Thomas Aquinas in particular to give adequate expression to the mysteries expressed by the patristic doctrine...
Part II: Karl Rahner
6. Deification and Transcendental Experience
It is no exaggeration to say that the motif of deification stands right at the very heart of Karl Rahner’s entire theological project. Rahner’s representative article in the multivolume Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche on the central scholastic category of sanctifying grace amounts essentially to an attempted recovery...
7. Deification and Cosmic Christology
It has become increasingly common for theologians from across a broad range of Christian traditions to acknowledge the truly cosmic character and profoundly universal scope of the new creation established in Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God become human. In a recent work by Australian theologian...
8. Deification and Ordinary Life
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange was well into his thirties when he published his first essay. So was Henri de Lubac. Karl Rahner was only twenty-two. Admittedly, it was just a simple piece of pious reflection, brief and unpretentious, devotional rather than academic. It asks what the heart of the...
Part III: Henri de Lubac
9. Deification and the Supernatural
It is impossible to offer an adequate analysis of de Lubac’s contribution to the theology of deification in the pre-Conciliar period without attending to his famous Surnaturel (1946), a work that is almost universally acknowledged to have precipitated a theological revolution. In it de Lubac demolished the...
10. Deification and Ecclesial Concorporation
In the opening chapters I remarked that Henri de Lubac’s first book, written at the age of forty-two, was >Catholicism: The Social Aspects of Dogma. As the subtitle suggests, Catholicism elucidates the constitutively social and communal aspects of Christianity. Despite the fact that de Lubac himself prized the...
11. Deification and Assimilation to God
In their explorations of the meaning of theosis or the gift that enables human beings to become koinonoi in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4), the early Fathers of the church had recourse to two main ideas, expressed in two key terms. The first idea was expressed in the term μέθεξις, understood in the sense of...
The doctrine of deification consists essentially in the proposition that humanity is made for God. By nature and calling, human beings are properly ordered to loving union with God the Father through a gracious adoption constituted by the Holy Spirit in the crucified and risen flesh of Jesus Christ the incarnate...
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2014
OCLC Number: 881319602
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