Contemplative union with God through grace effects a renewal of the mystic that divinizes
the faculties of knowing and loving, "leading them back through a kind of reflux in our innermost self toward the Father" (33).
Attempting to distance himself from Plotinus and Porphyry, Iamblichus believed that beyond the rationalistic work of the philosopher, who simply contemplates the divine in [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and thereby remains separated from the object of his veneration, true prayer is a type of theurgy or godwork that divinizes
the soul or makes it like the divine and thereby generates the activity of union with the gods.
Implicitly, deism (allied with modern science) divinizes
man, leaving him free to refashion the world according to the dictates of instrumental reason.
or any other fundamental value of the human community--however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things--whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes
them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God.
But, far from ignoring the wound of the violated, the Law of the Cross announces that the divine You utterly identifies with, and thereby divinizes, the victim.
If forgiving love is real, it is so only because it is brought to the wound--the wound at the very heart of history itself--by the divine Word that divinizes this wound by embracing it.
This is quite different from a view of theosis wherein the divine agent divinizes, transforms, the human agent!
Eyes and ears are means through which God can divinize the human.
And our church continues today to inflict on us this "two-nature anthropology" (code word "complementarity") that divinizes
men and demonizes women.
the aesthetic sphere by elevating imagination over Reason, or merging the two into a single faculty.
Finally, one arrives at a participation in perfection and in union with God himself--"that sacred vision which nourishes the intellect and divinizes
everything rising up to it.