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Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, ISBN-13: 978-1586179472



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Ignatius Press; Annotated edition (May 2, 2016)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 292 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1586179470
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1586179472


“In the explanations of the historical developments of this doctrine, the reader discovers openings into Christian literature that will enrich the spiritual life and theological understanding through deepening our understanding of the effects of God’s grace and indwelling, particular through Baptism, the Holy Eucharist and other sacraments.”
— Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., EWTN and Ignatius Productions

“To follow the history and meaning of what it means that we exist to be adopted into the trinitarian life of God is the exact purpose of this most welcome and well presented text.”

–Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

“This is an important book, full of surprises for the expert yet written in an attractive style that makes it accessible to a broad readership.”
–Norman Russell, St. Stephen’s House, Oxford; author of The Doctrine of Deification in the Greek Patristic Tradition (Oxford University Press)

“The importance of this publication, which is a major contribution to the study of Catholic soteriology, can hardly be exaggerated.”

–Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D., Author of Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience of Our Age

“This is a wonderful collection of essays on an issue that has been largely ignored by Western Christianity, which has focused far too much attention on how you get into heaven rather than how heaven gets into you.” –Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University

About the Author

Carl E. Olson, MTS, is the editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of two best-selling books, Will Catholics Be “Left Behind”? and The Da Vinci Hoax, and the author of hundreds of articles on theology, Scripture, current events, and apologetics.

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., a professor of theology at Saint Louis University, is the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He has published widely in early Church theology and broader Catholic issues, most recently the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine, and The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification.


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