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The Fathers of the First Five Centuries and Their Approach to Deification

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There is an ongoing debate within the Coptic Orthodox Church about the deification of man. Although the term “deification” is not found in the Holy Scriptures, the concept of elevating the status of humanity does exist. This debate is also heightened by the conversation spurred on by the Eastern Orthodox Church’s teachings about deification as well as the uncreated energies and their role in this process. Setting aside the issues of the debates, either linguistic or theological, it is evident that the early Church Fathers of the first five centuries spoke comfortably about deification. Read more.