Athanasius, Derrida, and the Carrying of Deification

Athanasius, Derrida, and the Carrying of Deification

Derek Brown

Boston College

Abstract: This article challenges ontologising readings of Athanasian deification by dialoging with Jacques Derrida’s essay, ‘Rams: Uninterrupted Dialogue – Between Two Infinities, the Poem.’ Specifically, it argues that Athanasius’s doctrine of deification can be thought relationally, and so ethically. That is, we participate in the Trinity when we carry the risen Christ in ourselves. This carrying is only possible because Christ is carrying us.