Partaking in Divine Nature: Deification and Communion

Partaking in Divine Nature: Deification and Communion

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By (author) Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

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  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 238mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 056703187X
  • ISBN 13: 9780567031877
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,583,171

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Discussion of theosis is mainly undertaken within Byzantine Orthodoxy and is usually structured around an examination of patristic and medieval sources. This work builds upon such discussions and broadens the basis by including Western sources (Catholic and Protestant) in contemporary debates about salvation. In seeking to explore a relational understanding of divine nature, a discussion of personhood and communion is held. This is filtered through the works of Zizioulas, exponents of communion ecclesiology and those such as Turcescu who have provided a critique of these understandings. This is an investigation of how understandings of theosis in the Christian Tradition have related to understandings of divine nature in terms of koinonia. It further suggests a relational paradigm for conceptualising how theosis may be understood today, drawing out implications for the Christian community and discipleship.

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Revd Dr Paul M. Collins, is a priest in the Church of England, and a Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. His main works to date are Trinitarian Theology West and East: Karl Barth, the Cappadocian Fathers and John Zizioulas (2001), Context, Culture and Worship: The Quest for Indian-ness (2006). Secretary of the new formed Ecclesiological Investigations Network.

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... Paul Collins has opened up exciting new directions for us. This is a well-conceived and carefully researched work, which will, in connection with other works on deification, spur further research in this field.--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Introduction; Deification in pre-Christian traditions; Deification in Eastern Orthodox Tradition; Deification in Western Traditions; Deification and Relationality: imago trinitatis; Deification: Transformation and Community; Conclusion / Summary of findings.