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    DescriptionDiscussion 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 salvation, the construal of the doctrine of deification is examined in terms of the divine nature understood as communion. This is related in particular of the theological project of Zizioulas, and other exponents of communion ontology. The book 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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    Partaking in Divine Nature
    Deification and Communion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 230
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780567262967
    ISBN 10: 0567262960

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
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    Abridged Dewey: 230
    LC classification: BT
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    BISAC V2.8: REL067100
    DC22: 234.163
    BISAC V2.8: REL067110
    DC23: 234.163
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    black & white illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    T.& T.Clark Ltd
    Publication date
    23 February 2012
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    Author Information
    Revd Dr Paul M. Collins, formerly Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, Parish Priest on Holy Island, Northumberland, England.
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    'In this dearly written and informative book, Paul Collins dispels two myths that surround the notion of deification: that it is the properly of Eastern Orthodox Christians and that it is inherently individualistic. Collins demonstrates definitively that the metaphor of deification has structured the Christian imagination of the entire Christian tradition, East' and 'West', and that it is necessarily a communal and relational reality with cultural and political implications. He advances the discussion on deification in a way that will impact how Churches understand and relate to each other and to the world.' - Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University, New York, NY, USA. 'Paul Collins does a wonderful job of presenting a florilegia of authors and traditions towards elucidating a modem appropriation of a theology of theosis. He creatively builds upon a complementarily of approaches, of what it means to become holy and transfigured by divine grace, by drawing upon early church traditions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Christianity, and their rootedness in the Scriptures, with a view to showing how deification is at once personal, yet ecclesial and cosmic.' - Jaroslav Z. Skira, Regis College, University of Toronto, ON, Canada Jaroslav Skira ... 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. Theology Vol 114 No. 4