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The Fourth MTN Conference

Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

29th-31st January 2015

From 29-31 January 2015, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) hosted the annual conference of the Mystical Theology Network on the theme of Deification in the Christian Tradition.

The theme of theosis or deification is central to Christian theology. Theosis implies that the human person becomes by grace that which the Son of God is by nature. This is understood as a transforming union of the human person with God, as a deificatio. It is often assumed that this theme was exclusively developed in Eastern theology after the patristic period and consequently, its presence in Western theology is generally unexplored. Nevertheless, some scholars have recently suggested that the doctrine is present in the Western theological traditions, and primarily in mystical or contemplative theology. This conference seeks to bring the theme of deification to the foreground as a potentially fruitful place of dialogue between the Eastern and Western Christian traditions. We thus especially invite papers in the fields of mystical theology, mystical literature, the theme of deification in the Orthodox tradition, in ecumenical dialogue, hesychasm, etc.

Details of the conference are still available on the conference website:

Papers will be published in the Routledge Series: Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism and with Peeters

Keynote speakers included:

His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch

Professor Rowan Williams, Cambridge University

Bishop Johan Bonny, Diocese of Antwerp

Professor Martin Laird OSA, Villanova University

Professor Ivana Noble, Charles University, Prague

Professor George Pattison, University of Glasgow