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Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification

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This book gathers fourteen Catholic scholars to present, examine, and explain the often misunderstood process of “deification”. The fifteen chapters show what becoming God meant for the early Church, for St. Thomas Aquinas and the greatest Dominicans, and for St. Francis and the early Franciscans. This book explains how this understanding of salvation played out during the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent. It explores the thought of the French School of Spirituality, various Thomists, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, and the Vatican Councils, and it shows where such thinking can be found today in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. No other book has gathered such an array of scholars or provided such a deep study into how humanity’s divinized life in Christ has received many rich and various perspectives over the past two thousand years. This book seeks to bring readers into the central mystery of Christianity by allowing the Church’s greatest thinkers and texts to speak for themselves, demonstrating how becoming Christ-like and the Body of Christ on earth, is the only ultimate purpose of the Christian faith.

Key Features

  • Explores the theology of deification in the Catholic tradition
  • Examines how Catholic liturgy is the means by which we today continue to receive and thus become Christ
  • Provides insights into how humanity’s glorious transformation in Christ is expressed in Scripture and the first generation of Christian thinkers


  • Chapter One: The Scriptural Roots of Christian Deification
  • Chapter Two: Deification in the Greek Fathers
  • Chapter Three: Deification in the Latin Fathers
  • Chapter Four: No Longer a Christian but Christ: Saint Augustine on Becoming Divine
  • Chapter Five: Deification in the Dominican Tradition: Albert, Thomas, and Catherine
  • Chapter Six: Like Another Christ: The Franciscan Theology of Deification
  • Chapter Seven: Deification at Trent and in the CounterReformation
  • Chapter Eight: Divine Excess and Hidden Grandeur: Divinization in the French School of Spirituality
  • Chapter Nine: “Strange Immoderation of the Things of God”: Deification and Mystical Union in Neo-Thomism
  • Chapter Ten: John Henry Newman on Deification
  • Chapter Eleven: “An Activity of Special, Supernatural, and Extraordinary Beneficence and Love”: Matthias Scheeben’s Theology of Deification
  • Chapter Twelve: Between the Vatican Councils: From Vatican I to Vatican II
  • Chapter Thirteen: Vatican II, John Paul II, and Postconciliar Theology
  • Chapter Fourteen: Deification in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Chapter Fifteen: Liturgy and Divinization


Praise for the Print Edition

Rescue from sin and death is indeed a wonderful thing—but the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ is incomparably greater. And that is the subject of this book. In all its parts, this book, like Christianity in all its parts, is about salvation. But that means it’s about everything that fills our lives, on earth and in heaven."

—Dr. Scott Hahn, Author, Rome Sweet Home

This is a wonderful collection of essays on an issue that has been largely ignored by Western Christianity, which has focused far too much attention on how you get into heaven rather than how heaven gets into you.

—Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, Baylor University

The richness of Catholicism is on full display in these marvelous essays as they show how Scripture’s revelation of theosis is both taught and embodied throughout the Church’s history. I loved reading, pondering, and praying with this marvelous book."

—Dr. Timothy Gray, President of the Augustine Institute and Senior Fellow at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification
  • Editors: David Vincent Meconi and Carl Olson
  • Publisher: Ignatgius
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 304
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Collected Essays
  • Topic: Theology

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

About the Editors

Carl E. Olson, MTS, is the editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of two best-selling books, Will Catholics Be “Left Behind”? and The Da Vinci Hoax, and the author of hundreds of articles on theology, Scripture, current events, and apologetics.

David Vincent Meconi, S.J., a professor of theology at Saint Louis University, is the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He has published widely in early Church theology and broader Catholic issues, most recently the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine, and The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification.

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