Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ye are Gods: Salvation according to the Latin Fathers by Michael Azkoul

Fr. Michael Azkoul demonstrates that the doctrine of Theosis (Divinization) is not only the teaching of the Greek Fathers, but of the Latin Fathers as well. Full of biblical quotations as well as quotations from the Fathers, Fr. Michael Clearly demonstrates that the doctrine of Theosis is taught all through the New Testament. We become sons of God by grace, and share in the righteousness of Christ.

I really enjoyed this short book. Fr. Azkoul writes a very accessible book on the doctrine of theosis in the Latin Fathers. He surveys and documents the teaching on theosis by such luminaries of the West as Hippolytus, Cyprian, Ambrose, Hilary of Potiers, Peter of Ravenna, Leo the Great, and many others. I found his discussion of essence and energies in the Latin Fathers very interesting. Whereas in the Eastern Church speak of essence and energies, the Latin Fathers speak of substance and operations. But Fr. Azkoul shows how they are the same.

He also makes a good case for his assertion that the dominant theory of the Cross was the Ransom theory rather than substitutionary atonement.
 
Some Western Christians may not appreciate his criticism of Augustine and Anselm, both of whom he charges with straying from Apostolic teaching. Nevertheless Fr. Azkoul demonstrates the essential unity of doctrine of the Greek and Latin fathers, even if they have different emphasis.

You may order Fr. Michael's book here: Ye are Gods: Salvation according to the Latin Fathers by Michael Azkoul

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