The greatest possible blessing: Calvin and deification

@article{Mosser2002TheGP,
  title={The greatest possible blessing: Calvin and deification},
  author={Carl Mosser},
  journal={Scottish Journal of Theology},
  year={2002},
  volume={55},
  pages={36 - 57}
}
  • Carl Mosser
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Scottish Journal of Theology
Many assume that the patristic notion of deification is absent from the mainstreams of post-patristic Western theology. Recent scholarship, however, identifies deification in Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, early Anglicanism, early Methodism and Jonathan Edwards – all fountainheads of Western theology. This article contends that deification is also present in Calvin's theology. It is not a prominent theme in its own right and some of the bolder patristic terminology is not employed. Nonetheless… 
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