Passionate Deification

The Integral Role of the Emotions in Christ's Life and in Christian Life

By Henry L. Novello

Passionate Deification

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  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2019
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Passionate Deification

The Integral Role of the Emotions in Christ's Life and in Christian Life

By Henry L. Novello

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  • ISBN: 9781532662577
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2019
  • Retail Price: $37.00
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In the past the passions were regarded as sicknesses of the soul due to Adam’s sin. As the Redeemer, Christ shares in our humanity and experiences the passions, but given his divine status he quickly overcomes the passions by his superior reason as the Word. In effect, Christ is displayed as a Stoic sage who is unperturbed by the passions. The book is critical of this traditional perspective for its inability to think of the Incarnation as the Word’s real participation in our humanity. Christ is not a Stoic sage who displays an uninvolved holiness, but the Word become flesh who displays an astonishing breadth and intensity of emotional life, which reveals what it means for the fullness of divinity to dwell bodily in him. Reformed theology moved beyond the traditional perspective in affirming the strong emotions of Christ as proof of his humanity, but Christ’s divinity was given insufficient attention. The book proposes a complex view of Christ’s emotions, which are regarded not merely as proof of his humanity, but reveal the personal attributes of divinity communicated to his humanity. To observe Christ’s emotions is to witness the mutual interaction of humanity and divinity in his person, which accomplishes our salvation (deification). To imitate Christ, then, means that Christ’s emotions become the emotions of his followers, so that by seeing as God sees and feeling as God feels, they go forth in obedience to Christ’s commandment to love one another as he has loved us, which is to live the way of the cross for the sake of the ongoing embodiment of God in the world.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Bringing contemporary cognitive theories to bear upon the work of Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and Jonathan Edwards, Novello persuasively argues that the emotions are not to be eradicated but redirected, opening up fascinating insights into the person of Jesus Christ and the life of the Christian, as a ‘passionate deification.’ A bold and provocative work with much to offer the perennial task of understanding the revelation of God in Christ and ourselves in this light.”

—John Behr, Professor of Patristics, St Vladimir’s Seminary, New York



Passionate Deification gives new heart to Christian faith and a new depth to our understanding of the Incarnation in its emotional depth and breadth. This inspiring book brings new meaning to 'the sacred heart' of Christ and our relationship to it.”

—Anthony Kelly, Australian Catholic University

Contributors-

Henry L. Novello

Bio(s)-

Henry Novello is Lecturer in Theology in the Department of Theology, Flinders University. In addition to many articles published in academic journals such as Gregorianum, Irish Theological Quarterly, Worship, Pacifica, and Australasian Catholic Record, he is the author of Death as Transformation: A Contemporary Theology of Death (2011).

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