I was reading in a history textbook recently (a world civilizations text for a freshman history class--Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, concise edition, page 332) the following. I had never come across this before and was wondering what folks here had to say about it:
Greek Orthodox theology held that Jesus became human, less to atone for humanity's sins (as emphasized in Roman Catholicism) and more to facilitate theosis (a transformation of humans into divine beings). This was truly a distinct message from that which prevailed in the Roman Catholicism of the west.
I honestly had never come across an idea like this before, if I am understanding this text correctly. Can anyone here shed some light on this? Is this accurate? If not accurate, what about the above would have to be changed?
I am not trying to start a debate between various doctrinal positions here---I came to this forum to get a Greek Orthodox view.
BTW--I do have the Antenicene, Nicene, and Postnicene Fathers editions published by Hendrickson, so if there are passages from the Church Fathers that shed some light on this, feel free to give me a reference or two.
Edited by Paul Rittman, 26 April 2015 - 12:11 PM.