Keith Ward argues that this conflicts with classical ideas of God as simple, impassible, and changeless—ideas that many modern theologians espouse, and which Ward subjects to careful and critical scrutiny.
Author: Keith Ward
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A defense of the New Testament view that all things are to be united in Christ, which entails that the ultimate destiny of the universe, and of all that is in it, is to be united in God. Keith Ward argues that this conflicts with classical ideas of God as simple, impassible, and changeless—ideas that many modern theologians espouse, and which Ward subjects to careful and critical scrutiny. He defends the claim that the cosmos contributes something substantial to—and in that way changes—the divine nature, and the cosmos is destined to manifest and express the essential creativity and relationality of a God of beatific, agapic, redemptive, and unitive love.
For Rahner, the answer to all three questions, mutatis mutandis, is participation in
the divine nature. ... divinizing participation, and his anthropological-
ecclesiological understanding of human life as sharing in the divine life of the
Author: Michael J. Christensen
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
This critical volume focuses on the issue of continuity and discontinuity of the Christian concept of theosis, or deification, in the intellectual history of ideas. It addresses the origin, development, and function of theosis from its antecedents in ancient Greek philosophy to its nuanced use in contemporary theological thought. Often seen as a heresy in the Protestant West, the revival of interest in deification in both lay and scholastic circles heralds a return to foundational understandings of salvation in the Christian church before the divisions of East and West, Catholic and Protestant.
2 Peter 1:4 The reference in 2 Peter to God's power to make Christians “partakers
of the divine nature” plays an equally ... the citation establishes the Son's divine
nature as necessary for his role in sharing divinity;55 finally, in Hexameron, ...
Author: Jared Ortiz
Publisher: Studies in Early Christianity
"Contributors to this volume refute the widely held perception that the doctrine of deification primarily belonged in the Eastern Church, and that the Western Church reduced the rich biblical and Greek patristic understanding of salvation to a narrow view of redemption. To the contrary, these essays provide evidence of the wide-ranging use of deification themes in major Latin patristic sources, showing that deification was a native part of early Latin theology that was consitently and creatively employed"--
Indeed, for him, the grace of divine sonship is no mere metaphor; like the order of
nature, the order of grace constitutes its ... acceptance of human nature has its
counterpart in the exaltation of that humanity through sharing in the divine nature,
Author: Andrew Dean Swafford
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Conventional wisdom has it that thinking on nature and grace among Catholic intellectuals was severely clouded by the work of Cajetan and his fellow Thomistic commentators from about the sixteenth century to the eve of Vatican II. Henri de Lubac has rightly been given credit for pointing this out; and to all appearances, de Lubac's influence won the day, as can be seen by the imprint of his thought upon not just the Second Vatican Council, but also the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. However, in recent years, a new crop of Thomistic scholars has arisen who question whether de Lubac's word on nature and grace should be the last; hence, the debate over the nature-grace relation, so heated at mid-twentieth century, has been stirred once again. Dr. Swafford here offers a "third way" by way of the nineteenth-century German theologian Matthias J. Scheeben--who, for some reason, has never really been considered especially relevant to this debate. Swafford shows that Scheeben can capture the very best of both sides, while at the same time avoiding the characteristic pitfalls so often alleged against each.
It is the basis for divine filiation . However , this grace is described as sharing in
the divine nature . But how can a sharing in the divine nature be the basis for
sharing in the death and resurrection of Christ , both of which are events from the
Author: René Latourelle
Chiefly English translations of works originally written in French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish. Includes bibliographical references.
Starr thus pushed ontological participation into the (post-parousia) future.78 This
is an important move for Starr, since it allowed him to focus solely on the moral
side of sharing divinity.79 Starr also avoided defining “divine nature” (he?a v}sir)
Author: M. David Litwa
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Can Pauline soteriology be categorized as a form of deification? This book attempts to answer this question by keen attention to the Greco-Roman world. Deification, it is argued, provides a new historical category of perception by which to deepen our knowledge of the Apostle’s soteriological thought in its own time. The range of topics discussed here should interest a wide array of scholars in the fields of Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Classics, and Patristics.
This book explores this statement; As He is, so are we in this world: that we could walk in love, righteousness and true holiness as God, speak and do the same things as He says and does, and reign as kings unto God to establish His kingdom ...
Author: Samuel A. Buah
You can also live, walk, and act like God! In a very clear and plain manner, Partakers of Divinity will make you aware of your fellowship in the Divine nature, and will also instruct and inspire you to pursue attainment of the fullness of eternal glory. Having the life of God and the mind of Christ, and through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, believers could walk with supernatural power and wisdom in this world: but there's more. This book explores this statement; As He is, so are we in this world: that we could walk in love, righteousness and true holiness as God, speak and do the same things as He says and does, and reign as kings unto God to establish His kingdom and will in the earth as it is in Heaven. Partakers of Divinity further proves that God wants us to indeed share in all the fullness of His glory, and provides a step by step exposition on how we could actively partake of the Divine nature through Christ. With this book, you will venture deep into God, and be equipped to press on for the fullness of His Glory. Wait no further - Get a hold of your copy now!
See also 1 Cor 10:16; Phil 3:10. Perhaps the author of 2 Peter understands the
addressees' sharing in divine nature as resulting from union with Jesus. The most
salient characteristic of divine nature is incorruptibility; the immediately following
Author: Terrance Callan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor is a sociorhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter. Using multiple interpretive perspectives and emphasizing the pictorial dimensions of 2 Peter, Terrance Callan understands the letter as making the following argument: since Jesus Christ has given his followers benefits, including the promise of sharing in divine nature, they need to make a proper return for these benefits by living virtuously; and this in turn will enable them to receive the fulfillment of the promise. The occasion of the letter is that Peter's death is near. He writes so the addressees can remember his teaching after his death. The author expounds this teaching because some people do not await the future fulfillment of Christ's promises and so do not emphasize the need for virtuous living.