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God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him'' (1 Jn 4:16). Grace, therefore, is God loving his human creation and deifying it through His activity with human beings freely choosing the Way to the Truth that leads to Life that is Love Personified. Image and Likeness The early Eastern Fathers built up not only a theology of divinization around the two terms found in Genesis 1:26 "according to our image and likeness": (eikwnomoiwsiV), but we find in their speculation about these two concepts the meeting of an integrated theology of Christ and the Trinity, creation and man, as well as a religious psychology of man, and a dynamic expression of the life of grace as a process in mutual love relationships between man and God.
That presence brings to man the realization of the absolute awesomeness of the goal of his earthly journey. The Spiritual Senses The theology of the spiritual senses is one of St. Gregory's ways of expressing that "going-beyond-oneself" into new knowledge given by God to the purified Christian. The spiritual senses which are the result of purification, are in man as the physical senses, which are bounded by purification. The spiritual senses are the activities that are analogous to the physical Page 38 but are, nevertheless, spiritual.
28 3. Such knowledge, therefore, is not based on a split between the senses and the intellect, as in a Platonic view, but rather between the created and the uncreated. Palamas must be viewed as a holistic theologian who saw the imageness of God not only in man's intellect but in the whole person, made up of body, soul and spirit relationships. He writes: "The Page 57 world Man . . " 29 4. The knowledge of God which the Christian possesses in Christ is a direct face-to-face vision, and not, as Barlaam and his followers held, a vision mediated by angels.
A theology of ''uncreated energies'' by George S. Maloney