Sharing in the Divine Nature

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.

Sharing in the Divine Nature

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1725266385

Page: 164

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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.

Sharing in the Divine Nature

But if, in Christ, the humanity of Jesus is united to the divine nature to form “one person,” it seems hard to say that the divine nature having united ...

Sharing in the Divine Nature

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1725266407

Page: 164

View: 618

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.

Participation

St. Peter says that thru the use of the gifts of eternal life and devotion to God, thru Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, they will come to "share in the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4) In this group of essays, we will look at the various ...

Participation

Author: Clinton LeFort

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500710903

Page: 54

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Introduction In St. Peter's opening letter to the Christians of the first century St. Peter encourages his Christian brothers and sisters to remain faithful to the great and powerful gifts bestowed upon them thru the life of Jesus Christ. St. Peter says that thru the use of the gifts of eternal life and devotion to God, thru Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, they will come to "share in the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4) In this group of essays, we will look at the various ways in which this teaching of St. Peter can be interpreted as well as how the other Gospel writers, as well as St. Paul, teach the same message in their writings of the New Testament.

Divine Nature and Human Language

These essays fall into two groups: those concerned with theological language (Part 1 of the volume) and those that deal with the nature, status, and activity of God (Parts II and HI).

Divine Nature and Human Language

Author: William P. Alston

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1725283190

Page: 294

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Divine Nature and Human Language is a collection of twelve essays in philosophical theology by William P. Alston, one of the leading figures in the current renaissance in the philosophy of religion. Using the equipment of contemporary analytical philosophy, Alston explores, partly refashions, and defends a largely traditional conception of God and His work in the world a conception that finds its origins in medieval philosophical theology. These essays fall into two groups: those concerned with theological language (Part 1 of the volume) and those that deal with the nature, status, and activity of God (Parts II and HI). In Part 1, Alston develops a conceptual scheme for discussing the topic of theological language. He also argues that there is a core of literal talk about God and even a core of predicates univocally applicable to God and creatures. Furthermore, he shows that God can be referred to directly as well as descriptively. In Parts II and III, the author sketches out a middle way between a classical conception of God exemplified by Aquinas and the more recent “process” or “panentheist” conception exemplified by Hartshorne. Alston argues that such a God can act so as to have real effects in the world and can enter into genuine dialogue and otherwise interact with human beings. In addition, he defends the idea that God provides a foundation for morality. The first collection of Alston's ground breaking work in the philosophy of religion, Divine Nature and Human Language will be welcomed by scholars and students of the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, theology, and religious studies.

Partakers of the Divine Nature

This is comparable to the thought of 2 Peter, and 4 Maccabees uses some of the same language, but the possibility of sharing divine nature depends in 2 ...

Partakers of the Divine Nature

Author: Michael J. Christensen

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 080103440X

Page: 325

View: 799

Scholars from around the world offer a comprehensive, ecumenical survey of the history and development of deification.

Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

'Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor' is a socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter.

Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

Author: Terrance Callan

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 0227904397

Page: 232

View: 567

'Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor' is a socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter. Using multiple interpretive perspectives and emphasising the pictorial dimensions of 2 Peter, Terrance Callan shows that the letter makes 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 fulfilment ofthe 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 fulfilment of Christ's promises and so do not emphasise the need for virtuous living.

The Flesh of the Word

For Chandieu, there is no distinction between the sharing of divine properties with the human nature of Christ and the sharing of the divine nature itself.

The Flesh of the Word

Author: K. J. Drake

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197567940

Page: 336

View: 975

The extra Calvinisticum, the doctrine that the eternal Son maintains his existence beyond the flesh both during his earthly ministry and perpetually, divided the Lutheran and Reformed traditions during the Reformation. This book explores the emergence and development of the extra Calvinisticum in the Reformed tradition by tracing its first exposition from Ulrich Zwingli to early Reformed orthodoxy. Rather than being an ancillary issue, the questions surrounding the extra Calvinisticum were a determinative factor in the differentiation of Magisterial Protestantism into rival confessions. Reformed theologians maintained this doctrine in order to preserve the integrity of both Christ's divine and human natures as the mediator between God and humanity. This rationale remained consistent across this period with increasing elaboration and sophistication to meet the challenges leveled against the doctrine in Lutheran polemics. The study begins with Zwingli's early use of the extra Calvinisticum in the Eucharistic controversy with Martin Luther and especially as the alternative to Luther's doctrine of the ubiquity of Christ's human body. Over time, Reformed theologians, such as Peter Martyr Vermigli and Antione de Chandieu, articulated the extra Calvinisticum with increasing rigor by incorporating conciliar christology, the church fathers, and scholastic methodology to address the polemical needs of engagement with Lutheranism. The Flesh of the Word illustrates the development of christological doctrine by Reformed theologians offering a coherent historical narrative of Reformed christology from its emergence into the period of confessionalization. The extra Calvinisticum was interconnected to broader concerns affecting concepts of the union of Christ's natures, the communication of attributes, and the understanding of heaven.

Musica Christi

The human nature did not assume the divine , nor did man assume God , nor did ... holds that the attributes of the divine nature are shared by the flesh of ...

Musica Christi

Author: Marion Lars Hendrickson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820463469

Page: 313

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Theological aesthetics is a rapidly expanding subject in the field of religious humanism that, until now, has not had a participating Lutheran voice. Musica Christi: A Lutheran Aesthetic fills this void by approaching the rich tradition of music and theology in the Lutheran Church through Christology. Furthermore, this study shows Christ's full participation in and by music. Selections from Lutheran works in Danish, German, Latin, Norwegian, and Swedish are offered in English translations for the first time by the author.

We Are Being Transformed

nature. Starr divided the divine nature into a list of ontological and moral ... If “divine nature” designated essence, then sharing divine nature would ...

We Are Being Transformed

Author: M. David Litwa

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110283417

Page: 343

View: 788

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.

Nature and Grace

Hence, for Scheeben, the gift of divine sonship entails a real ontic share in ... When through grace we receive a sharing of the Divine Nature and of the ...

Nature and Grace

Author: Andrew Dean Swafford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625644248

Page: 220

View: 615

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.

Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament

(1) What is involved in Christians' sharing in the divine nature? A distinction must be drawn between inherent participation in the divine essence, ...

Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament

Author: Murray Harris

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310531055

Page: 304

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Prepositions are important in the exegesis of the Greek New Testament, but they are at the same time very slippery words because they can have so many nuances. While Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament rejects the idea of a “theology of the prepositions,” it is a study of the numerous places in the Greek New Testament where prepositions contribute to the theological meaning of the text. Offered in the hope that it might encourage close study of the Greek text of the New Testament, its many features include the following: Coverage of all 17 “proper” and 42 “improper” prepositions Explores both literary and broader theological contexts Greek font—not transliteration—used throughout Comprehensive indexes to hundreds of verses, subjects, and Greek words Discussion of key repeated phrases that use a particular preposition

Jude and 2 Peter Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Peter's affirmation enters into the ancient discussion about the nature of the ... These thoughts about sharing divine characteristics are echoed within ...

Jude and 2 Peter  Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Author: Gene Green

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441210725

Page: 448

View: 344

In this new addition to the award-winning BECNT series, respected New Testament scholar and biblical interpretation expert Gene Green offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on the books of Jude and 2 Peter. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Green leads readers through the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these New Testament books. As with all BECNT volumes, Jude and 2 Peter features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication and pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.

Partakers of the Life Divine

Though Wesley does not share St. Gregory of Nazianzus' preference for the word deification, he does share Gregory's view that sharing in the divine nature ...

Partakers of the Life Divine

Author: S T Kimbrough Jr.

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498201903

Page: 184

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This volume is the first attempt to explore Charles Wesley's understanding of "participation in the divine nature," often described by the church fathers as deification and/or theosis, within the full spectrum of his prose and poetical compositions and in relation to many of the church fathers. While the Eastern Church has been the primary harbinger of the doctrine of deification from the patristic era to the present, Charles Wesley's theology illustrates that this emphasis is by no means absent in the West. Though patristic influences on Charles Wesley's thought are primarily through secondary sources such as the writings of Lancelot Andrewes and Richard Hooker, as well as through the influence of his brother John, this volume underscores prominent resonances with the church fathers. The extent of these resonances in Charles's theology as regards "participation in the divine nature" is so widespread in his writings that they form the matrix of his ideas of salvation, perfection, and holiness, all of which are intimately bound with life lived in and through the Eucharist. If taken seriously, Charles Wesley's ideas on "participation in the divine nature" will require a rethinking of the role of Wesleyan theology in spiritual formation and in ecumenical conversation.

Joseph Smith s Tritheism

rial being to illustrate a divine, immaterial reality. ... of a simple divine essence/nature, shared among three divine persons that co-inhabit one another, ...

Joseph Smith s Tritheism

Author: Dayton Hartman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625642016

Page: 162

View: 348

"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods.

In Defense of Extended Conciliar Christology

So, the divine persons do not exclude one another from sharing a single human nature, either. Premise 25 is unstated, but it is intuitive.

In Defense of Extended Conciliar Christology

Author: Timothy Pawl

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192570870

Page: 272

View: 539

In Defense of Extended Conciliar Christology: A Philosophical Essay examines the logical consistency and coherence of Extended Conciliar Christology-the Christological doctrine that results from conjoining Conciliar Christology, the Christology of the first seven ecumenical councils of the Christian Church, with five additional theses. These theses are the claims that multiple incarnations are possible; Christ descended into Hell during his three days of death; Christ's human will was free; Christ was impeccable; and that Christ, via his human intellect, knew all things past, present, and future. These five theses, while not found in the first seven ecumenical councils, are common in the Christian theological tradition. The main question Timothy Pawl asks in this book is whether these five theses, when conjoined with Conciliar Christology, imply a contradiction. This study does not undertake to defend the truth of Extended Conciliar Christology. Rather, it shows that the extant philosophical objections to Extended Conciliar Christology fail.

Partakers of Divinity

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 ...

Partakers of Divinity

Author: Samuel A. Buah

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781520507880

Page: 128

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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!

The Christian Doctrine of Humanity

human nature as signal that this nature is distinctive precisely in ... to participate in the divine nature, living in glory by somehow sharing the power of ...

The Christian Doctrine of Humanity

Author: Oliver D. Crisp

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310595487

Page: 256

View: 814

Theological anthropology is a vast and complex doctrinal subject that needs to be elaborated with careful attention to its relation to other major doctrines. It must confess the glory and misery of humanity, from creation in the image of God to the fall into a state of sin. It must reckon with a holism that spans distinctions between body, soul, and spirit, and a unity that encompasses male and female, as well as racial and cultural difference. The Christian Doctrine of Humanity represents the proceedings of the sixth annual Los Angeles Theology Conference, which sought constructively and comprehensively to engage the task of theological anthropology.

Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

Receiving all things for life and piety is ultimately a matter of sharing divine nature. Jesus' divine power, the source of all things for life and piety, ...

Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor

Author: Terrance Callan

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 0227904419

Page: 232

View: 156

'Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor' is a socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter. Using multiple interpretive perspectives and emphasising the pictorial dimensions of 2 Peter, Terrance Callan shows that the letter makes 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 fulfilment ofthe 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 fulfilment of Christ's promises and so do not emphasise the need for virtuous living.

On Being Christian and Human

Sharing in the Divine Nature The reason so many of us in the West are resistant to the idea expressed in 2 Peter 1:4 – that believers are called to become ...

On Being Christian and Human

Author: Todd H. Speidell

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1579109365

Page: 286

View: 479

In the tradition of Karl Barth, T. F. and J. B. Torrance, and Ray Anderson, this collection of essays articulates a theology of ministry based on the humanity of Christ. A Christian theology of ministry, it insists, can be nothing less than a theology for humanity.