It is rather a question of setting on the path of greater godlikeness
, which is the rationalist's way of the future.
Humans couldn't/can't resist the dream vision of their own godlikeness
, or something much like it, even though they can plainly see where it got them.
Only as formed matter does matter partake of the Godlikeness
of created things and beings."
According to Mjor, Fedotov's view of culture rests on the Christian idea of man created in God's image and likeness, and of the restoration (through the fruits of his creativity [tvorchestvo]) of man's Godlikeness
that was lost through the Fall (95-96).
(17.) Pugliese (142) discusses Ficino's individual godlikeness
, employing Raymond Marchel for consultation.
As Zimmerman's narrative well demonstrates, the new aim of theosis (achieving godlikeness
in Christ) animates, like the current through a running stream, the progress of the West's cultural advance: "The theological origins of humanism planted in Western consciousness a profound sense of human dignity, solidarity, freedom, and social responsibility" (113).
(22) For instance, Hellenistic ruler cult often used epiphany to emphasize the godlikeness
of the king.
However, turning "away from supernatural beatitude" is to attempt to attain "Godlikeness
" with one's own power, which is not possible.
(188) See KASS, supra note 59, at 249 ("Death with dignity requires absolutely that the survivors treat the human being at all times as if full godlikeness
remains, up to the very end.").
Jung uses the term enantiodromia to mean "being torn asunder into pairs of opposites, which are the attributes of 'the god' and hence also of the godlike man, who owes his godlikeness
to overcoming his gods."(1953, p.
reveals an apparent hierarchy in Aristotle's thought that Aquinas never challenges; in fact, through his interpretation he seems to affirm it.