Berdyaev on theosis or divinization

 

 

May 29, 2016 by: Dan Peterson

Nikolai Berdyaev (Николай_Бердяев), in 1912, before the Bolshevik Revolution, his imprisonment and torture (memorably discussed by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn), and his eventual (astonishing) exile from Russia to Paris

The central idea of the Eastern Fathers was that of theosis, the divinization of all creatures, the transfiguration of the world, the idea of the cosmos and not the idea of personal salvation. . . .  Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the transfiguration and divinization of the world. . . . The Kingdom of God is the transfiguration of the world, the universal resurrection, a new heaven and a new earth.

Nikolai Berdyaev (1874-1948)

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