Called to be the Children of God

Edited by Carl Olson and David Vincent Meconi SJ, Ignatius, £18

There is an ancient belief that Christians can become partakers in the divine life of the Trinitarian God. It goes by many names, but is often referred to as “deification”, or becoming like God.

Certainly for any devout adherent to a monotheistic faith, the idea of us becoming gods is abhorrent. Deification refers simply to the eternal receiving of divine attributes through the merits of Jesus Christ, as children of God. This new book, subtitled The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, aims to bring a deeper understanding of this ancient belief.

What, precisely, is this deification? If we truly believe that there is but one God, and He is in Three Divine Persons, how can we possibly become like God?

First and foremost we must remember that it is not by our own abilities or merits. What is important to recall here is that, as children of God, we are called to participate in the divine life of the Trinity.

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