Kresta in the Afternoon – December 6, 2018 – Hour 1

+  What does it mean to be in union with Christ? (2 segments)

  • Description: St Athanasius famously said that “the Son of God became man so that we might become God”. What does it mean for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity? Fr. David Vincent Meconi joins us.
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    • Fr. David Vincent Meconi
      Fr David Meconi is an Associate Professor of Theology at St Louis University, where he directs the Catholic Studies Center. He's the author of 101 Surprising Facts about Church History and the co-author with Carl Olson of Called to be Children of God.
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    • The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification

      Provocative passages on deification abound in St. Augustine of Hippo. He relies on the term "deification" far more than other Latin fathers do. Even more important, the reality of the deified life runs throughout every major aspect of Augustine's presentation of Christianity. By tracing how deification and related metaphors appear throughout Augustine's writings, David Meconi corrects generations of faulty readings on this crucial patristic theme. For Augustine, the Christian life is essentially an incorporation of the elect into the very person of Christ, forming his mystical body inchoately now in via and perfectly in patria. This is the "whole Christ," the totus Christus, where Christ and Christian become one through the charity of the Holy Spirit and the church's sacraments that elevate and enable men and women to participate in God's own life. This work opens by showing how the metaphysic of deification are set in principio, as all creation is an imitation of the Logos. Among all creatures, though, the human person alone bears the imago Dei, and emerges as the one called to appropriate God's life freely. For this purpose, the Son becomes human. By treating Augustine's passages on deification both chronologically and constructively, Meconi situates Augustine in a long chorus of Christian pastors and theologians who understand the essence of Christianity as the human person's total and transformative union with God. (learn more)

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    • Union with God: Living the Christ Life (Deeper Christianity)

      This book is available from Christian Truth Society or on Kindle.  St Athanasius famously said that “the Son of God became man so that we might become God”. This booklet delves into what it means for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity. Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ is a member of the Chicago Province (USA) of the Society of Jesus. His academic specialty is the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo and the place of prayer and the emergence of a Christian culture in the early Church. The Deeper Christianity Series delves into the mysteries of Christianity, opening up the spiritual treasures of the Church. (learn more)

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