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'In agro dominico' - March 27, 1329
The papal bull condemning Meister Eckhart 

Articles 10-13 : Salvation


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Notes by Ellopos 


These articles may have led the Pope believe that Eckhart taught the identification of man with God. Yet, they are so clear, even if one doesn’t know their context and all of Eckhart’s thought, that to deny them is equal to denying deification.

All of these articles are about the difference between similarity and union. Similarity does not save; only the union.

What is the meaning of deification? Eckhart’s answer is that 1) Christ did not become like a man: He became a man; 2) the incarnation is not necessary or useful to Him, but to man; 3) what humanity needs, is not this or that thing or power, but the deity, the initial and forever deepening union with the infinite God; the Fall is the loss of this union; 4) a union means that nothing remains divided from the deity; Christ received and healed the whole of what a man is. 

Eckhart’s answer is obviously the traditional answer of Christian theology, at least as formed already in the 4th century! with the Cappadocian Fathers (St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Gregory the Theologian).  

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