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In Christian theology, the theme of theōsis is intimately linked to reflection on redemption and sanctification in Jesus Christ (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey) and through the Holy Spirit. It is thus a fundamentally Trinitarian theological concern. The question of “salvation” raises issues of who is saved, how, and from what, but also to what end people are saved, and it is in this latter respect that the theme of deification comes to the fore. It is thu…

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Arblaster & Rob Faesen, John, “Theōsis”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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