Here is a copy of my paper in the Old Word Format for those of you who haven’t upgraded yet :). See post below for Word 2007 document.
Here is my paper for my Greek Fathers class. It is a survey of the Doctrine of Theosis.
This paper “Becoming Like God?” is an overview of the understanding of theosis in a few of the early Greek Church Fathers. It is meant as an overview and not a precise understanding of one Church Father because understanding theosis through one Church Father really limits the scope of what theosis meant to these men. The paper begins by trying to form a definition of theosis from the Church Fathers so that definition can be used when reading through each of the surveys of the Church Fathers. The paper then moves into the proponents of theosis beginning first with two key passages in the Bible (Gen. 1:26 and 2 Pet. 1:4). Then the paper surveys the Church Fathers beginning with Irenaeus and ending with John of Damascus. The final part of the paper is a few critiques of the doctrine of theosis and application of this doctrine in an Evangelical framework.