The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification (Paperback)David Vincent Meconi (author)
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By tracing how deification and related metaphors appear throughout Augustine's writings, David Meconi corrects generations of faulty readings on this crucial patristic theme. For Augustine, the Christian life is essentially an incorporation of the elect into the very person of Christ, forming his mystical body inchoately now in via and perfectly in patria. This is the "whole Christ," the totus Christus, where Christ and Christian become one through the charity of the Holy Spirit and the church's sacraments that elevate and enable men and women to participate in God's own life. This work opens by showing how the metaphysic of deification are set in principio, as all creation is an imitation of the Logos. Among all creatures, though, the human person alone bears the imago Dei, and emerges as the one called to appropriate God's life freely. For this purpose, the Son becomes human.
By treating Augustine's passages on deification both chronologically and constructively, Meconi situates Augustine in a long chorus of Christian pastors and theologians who understand the essence of Christianity as the human person's total and transformative union with God.
Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
Number of pages: 277
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"Meconi has provided a useful survey of Augustine's use of the language of deification and treatment of the issues necessary to support this form of soteriology. The book collects, organizes, and explains what Augustine has said, rather than exploring the inner coherence of his position and comparing it to the teaching of his contemporaries, such as the Cappadocians or Cyril of Alexandria."-Journal of Early Christian Studies
". . . careful treatment of Augustine's texts in view of the whole . . . makes Meconi's a truly valuable study."-Modern Theology
"The One Christ makes a worthy contribution to an area of scholarship that offers little space for innovation or originality, and Meconi's work deserves to be read by all Augustine scholars, as well as those more broadly interested in the theme of deification."-Reviews in Religion and Theology