A reader asks:
How would explain to a critic of the Catholic Church CCC460, which quotes Athanasius about “becoming God”
I understand that it means “participation in the divine nature” but how would explain the strong language used? Poetic vs. technical theology?
I’d go with poetic emphasis. Obviously we are not Mormons and don’t believe we are transformed into a God (a fact Athanasius knew very well). Nor do we believe that God the Father was once human and then graduated to godhood. Nor are we polytheists who believe the persons of the Trinity are three gods. Athanasius’ point was indeed to drive home the reality that, as 2 Peter 1:4 teaches, we become divinized in Christ (“partakers...READ MORE