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31 Hughes, Philip E., The True Image (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), 282.

32 Clendenin, Eastern, 121.

33 Theodosius, The Feast.

34 Renewal Theology, 43 (cf.125).

35 Theosis “is the final goal at which every Christian must aim: to become god, to attain theosis, ‘deification’ or ‘divination.’ For Orthodoxy man’s salvation and redemption mean his deification.” Ware, Timothy, The Orthodox Church (London: Penguin Books, 1964), 236.

36 Hebrews and I and II Peter, Calvin’s Commentaries, Johnston, William B., trans. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980), 330.

37 The Orthodox, 237.

38 Clendenin, “Partakers of Divinity: The Orthodox Doctrine of Theosis,” JETS 37:3 (September 1994): 373.

39 See Stanley Burgess’ “Implications of Eastern Christian Pneumatology for Western Pentecostal Doctrine and Practice” in Experiences of the Spirit, Jongeneel, Jan A.B., ed. (New York: Peter Lang, 1989). Most recently, Rybarczyk, Edmund J., “Spiritualities Old and New: Similarities Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism,” Pneuma 24:1 (Spring 2002), 7-25.



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This article originally appeared on the In Depth Resources index at the Pneuma Foundation website on December 19, 2004. The Pneuma Foundation is the parent organization of © Brian C. Smith, used with permission.

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