Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis by Jordan Cooper

By Jordan Cooper

The doctrine of theosis has loved a up to date resurgence between assorted theological traditions around the geographical regions of old, dogmatic, and exegetical theology. In Christification: A Lutheran method of Theosis, Jordan Cooper evaluates this educating from a Lutheran viewpoint. He examines the lessons of the church fathers, the recent testomony, and the Lutheran Confessional culture in dialog with contemporary 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 old Lutheran culture, Scripture, and the patristic resources don't restrict soteriological discussions to felony terminology, yet as a substitute provide a multifaceted doctrine of salvation that encapsulates either participatory and forensic motifs. this can be in comparison and contrasted with the improvement 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 different types of deification.

"Cooper's paintings shows the entire parts one may count on from a Lutheran scholar--a dedication to sola scriptura, a robust safety of a forensic concept of justification, and an emphasis on sacramentology--while whilst incorporating a concept of theosis as Christification. along different Protestant construals of theosis, Cooper's paintings makes a good addition."
--Myk Habets, Carey Baptist collage, Auckland, New Zealand

"On the root of a transparent exposition of the jap Orthodox educating on deification, with specific emphasis at the point of Christification, Jordan Cooper argues eloquently for its compatibility with Lutheran theology. with out obscuring the variations among the Orthodox and Lutheran ways, he makes a useful contribution to ecumenical theological discussion and probably to the renewal of the paranormal culture within the Western churches."
--Norman Russell, St. Stephen's residence, college of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Jordan Cooper is the pastor of wish Lutheran Church in Brighton, IA, host of the Just & Sinner podcast (visit, and the writer of The Righteousness of 1: An evaluate of Early Patristic Soteriology in mild of the hot standpoint on Paul (2013).

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