The doctrine of theosis has loved a contemporary resurgence between assorted theological traditions around the nation-states of historic, dogmatic, and exegetical theology. In Christification: A Lutheran method of Theosis
, Jordan Cooper evaluates this instructing from a Lutheran point of view. He examines the lessons of the church fathers, the hot testomony, and the Lutheran Confessional culture in dialog with fresh scholarship on theosis. Cooper proposes that the participationist soteriology of the early fathers expressed by way of theosis is suitable with Luther's doctrine of forensic justification. The ancient Lutheran culture, Scripture, and the patristic resources don't restrict soteriological discussions to criminal terminology, yet as an alternative supply a multifaceted doctrine of salvation that encapsulates either participatory and forensic motifs. this can be in comparison and contrasted with the advance of the doctrine of deification within the jap culture bobbing up from the idea of Pseudo-Dionysius. Cooper argues that the doctrine of the earliest fathers--such as Irenaeus, Athanasius, and Justin--is basically a Christological and monetary fact outlined as "Christification." This version of theosis is put in contradistinction to later Neoplatonic types of deification.
"Cooper's paintings indicates the entire parts one could count on from a Lutheran scholar--a dedication to sola scriptura, a robust security of a forensic suggestion of justification, and an emphasis on sacramentology--while even as incorporating a suggestion of theosis as Christification. along different Protestant construals of theosis, Cooper's paintings makes an exceptional addition."
--Myk Habets, Carey Baptist collage, Auckland, New Zealand
"On the root of a transparent exposition of the jap Orthodox instructing on deification, with specific emphasis at the element of Christification, Jordan Cooper argues eloquently for its compatibility with Lutheran theology. with no obscuring the variations among the Orthodox and Lutheran methods, he makes a worthy contribution to ecumenical theological discussion and in all probability to the renewal of the magical culture within the Western churches."
--Norman Russell, St. Stephen's condominium, collage of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Jordan Cooper is the pastor of wish Lutheran Church in Brighton, IA, host of the Just & Sinner podcast (visit http://www.justandsinner.com), and the writer of The Righteousness of 1: An review of Early Patristic Soteriology in mild of the recent point of view on Paul (2013).