Athanasius, the fourth-century church father, made his famous statement that the Son of God became man “that he might deify us in himself." This is called the doctrine of theosis. Some refer to it as deification, divinization, or participation in God. Rakestraw presents some of the key ideas and how divinization theology developed in patristic theology and British Protestant theology, and offers a preliminary critique of the concept.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1997. 13 pages.