Theosis/Deification: Christian Doctrines of Divinization East and West

From 29-31 January 2015, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) is hosting 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.


Re-Imagining the Human

Anthropos Research Group is co-organizing the 17th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture.  It will take place at the Faculties of Theology and Arts, KU Leuven, 18-20 September 2014.

The conference theme is Re-Imagining Human.The organization welcomes paper proposals by April 30, 2014. See conference site.



Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

University of Oxford

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Evil is a recurrent theme across diverse accounts of human experience. But despite its ubiquity – and, in fact, sometimes precisely because of its ubiquity – human beings perpetually struggle to come to terms with it, whether individually or collectively. In academia, the idea of evil has provoked widespread reflection in the humanities and beyond. Whether the medium is philosophical treatise, theological doctrine, historical analysis, literary expression or something else besides, examining the theme of evil is a necessary aspect of exploring representations of humanity.

This conference is intended to bring together thinkers from a variety of disciplines and traditions, in order to illuminate this shared feature of human experience and academic reflection. It seeks to provoke dialogue between heterogeneous approaches to the issue, from attempts at definition in moral philosophy to those modern philosophers who seek to go beyond evil, to literary, theological, and historical approaches.

Conference website.

LEST IX: Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies



The liturgy is said to contain, transmit, and partake in the central mysteries of the Christian faith. It plays a crucial and indispensable role in mediating between people’s life-worlds and the Christ event. The well-known Latin expression lex orandi, lex credendi confirms the idea that there is (and should be) a concordance between the Church’s life of prayer and the content of what it believes, that is to say, between liturgy and faith. However, the question of how precisely this connection is to be conceived of still requires considerable reflection and research. The LEST IX Conference aims at contributing to the ongoing discussions about the ways in which the mysteries of faith are mediated and how Christian liturgies can or must be understood. In so doing, it engages fundamental and systematic theology as well as liturgical scholarship.  See Conference Home Page Here.