the making of a person or thing into a DEITY which was characteristic of many PAGAN religions. This often involves the elevation of heroes to the rank of GODS. In EASTERN ORTHODOX THEOLOGY the term has a technical meaning similar to SANCTIFICATION in Western theology. Through the work of the HOLY SPIRIT, humans are believed to regain those attributes belonging to the "likeness of GOD" lost at the FALL. Orthodox theologians are careful to point out that this process does not mean a blurring of the distinction between the creature and creator found in PAGAN religions.

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