The Humanity of God

“Bulgakov chose to follow the formulation, ‘the humanity of God’ (Bogochelovechestvo), a theological perception dear to the Russian tradition. First expressed by Soloviev, it insists on the material, historical, in short the human qualities of God’s work. God’s humanization in the Incarnation has as its goal the corresponding divinization of humanity, our becoming ‘very similar,’ our becoming like God. The saying attributed to Athanasius the Great is: ‘God became human so that humans could become God-like.’ Turn it around, Bulgakov in effect said, and wonder what it might mean for God to become human. What would this mean to God? What would it mean for us human beings? This bold claim is the theological foundation for any understanding of holiness.” (Michael Plekon, Hidden Holiness, pg. 45)