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Philotheos

Volume 19, Issue 1, 2019

Ivana Noble, Zdenko Širka
Pages 125-143

Doctrine of Deification in the Works of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík and His Pupils

This article focuses on the work of Czech Jesuit Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík (1919-2010), continued in his pupils, both in Rome, where he taught for most of his life, and in the Czech Republic. It explores in particular how studies of hesychasm marked their understanding of deification. It asks in which sense their work can be seen as a Western attempt to rehabilitate the doctrine of deification in its experiential and theological complexity, where they contribute to the renewal of the communication between the Christian East and the Christian West, and what are the complications present in their attempt expressed against the background of uniatism.

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