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Human Perfection in Byzantine Theology: Attaining the Fullness of Christ

Alexis Torrance


Christian theology has from its inception posited a powerful vision of humanity’s ultimate and eternal fulfilment through the person and work of Jesus Christ. That said, how precisely to understand and approach the human perfection to which the Christian is summoned is a question that has vexed the minds of many and diverse theologians. Orthodox Christian theology is notable for its consistent interest in this question, and over the last century has offered to the West a wealth of theological insight on the matter, drawn from both the resources of its Byzantine theological heritage as well as ... More

Keywords: Orthodox theology, Byzantine theology, theological anthropology, Christology, human perfection, deification, Maximus the Confessor, Theodore the Studite, Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198845294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198845294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis Torrance, author
Archbishop Demetrios Associate Professor of Byzantine Theology, University of Notre Dame