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One with God: Salvation As Deification and Justification (Unitas Books) [Paperback]

By Veli-Matti Karkkainen (Author)
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In recent decades the doctrine of salvation has become a key issue in international ecumenical conversations between Lutherans and Roman Catholics and also between Lutherans and Eastern Orthodox. The 1998 Joint Declaration on Justification between the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation is a historic milestone in those efforts. Advances in ecumenical conversations have challenged the traditional opinion according to which the Lutheran view of justification by faith has been thought to be opposed to both the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of theosis (deification) and the Roman Catholic view of justification, which also includes sanctification. In One With God Karkkainen points out that amidst all the differences between the East and West with regard to theological orientations and the language and concepts for soteriology, there is a common motif to be found: union with God. Both the Eastern understanding of theosis and the Western idea of justification have union as the ultimate goal.

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In recent decades the doctrine of salvation has become a key issue in international ecumenical conversations between Lutherans and Roman Catholics and also between Lutherans and Eastern Orthodox. The 1998 Joint Declaration on Justification between the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation is a historic milestone in those efforts. Advances in ecumenical conversations have challenged the traditional opinion according to which the Lutheran view of justification by faith has been thought to be opposed to both the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of theosis (deification) and the Roman Catholic view of justification, which also includes sanctification. In One With God Karkkainen points out that amidst all the differences between the East and West with regard to theological orientations and the language and concepts for soteriology, there is a common motif to be found: union with God. Both the Eastern understanding of theosis and the Western idea of justification have union as the ultimate goal. The Unitas Books series seeks to serve the rethinking that is a necessary part of the ecumenical movement. Some books in this series directly address important topics of ecumenical discussion and others chart and analyze the ecumenical movement itself. All are concerned with the Church's unity. The authors are ecumenical experts from a variety of Christian traditions and the books are written for a wide audience of interested clergy and laypeople. This series clarifies, criticizes, and advances reflection concerning the unity of the Church. Chapters are "Salvation in the Union," "Justification in Recent New Testament Scholarship," "Theology," "Deification, Union, and Sanctification in Later ProtestantTheologies," "Salvation as Union: Towards an Ecumenical Convergence," and "One with God: In search of a Consensual View of Salvation."

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Series  Unitas Books  
ISBN  0814629717  
ISBN13  9780814629710  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Veli-Matti Karkkainen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Reviews - What do customers think about One with God: Salvation As Deification and Justification (Unitas Books)?

Timely and stimulating work  Jun 5, 2008
This is very helpful for Protestants interested in how our traditional emphasis on justification can be joined with the Eastern approach of theosis. Very hopeful book for the future of a united church.
 
Good book.  Jan 23, 2008
Hi,
Thank You, the book is good. In fact, I'm student in the author's class. He's great.
 
In Search of Consensual Salvation, as Deification and Justification   Sep 17, 2007

"..., if our salvation consists in finding ourselves in God, it means finding ourselves to be as God is. But we only do this by being what God is and acting as He acts, which, of course, is impossible without His direct intervention. 'You therefore are to be perfect, even as your heavenly father is perfect... Abide in me and I in you.' " Thomas Merton, The New Man



Prologue to our Union:
"If this book inspires ecumenical and systematic reflection on the doctrine of salvation within and between christian churches, its ultimate goal has been more than achieved." This is what the author and Helsinki ecumenics docent sets, in the Preface, as the goal of his ecumenically probing study. This pursuit of unity is supported by Unitas books, and shared by the Liturgical press, confirming that "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi."

One With God:
The books title takes the reader to Athanasius philanthropic Christology expressed in the 'Sarx-Logos' Alexandrine sotereology based on the Johannine verse of the union with God in Christ, "And the Word became flesh and lived among us" John 1:14. So he emphasizes the prominence of deification for salvation, affected through the incarnation which starts the role of the Holy Spirit whose grace makes humans participants in divine life. He quotes Cyril of Alexandria who defended the Hypostatic Union, on page 26, "Christ filled his whole body with the life giving power of the Spirit... it was not the flesh that gave life to the Spirit, but the power of the Spirit that gave life to the flesh."
Twenty pages later, in 'Justification and Deification in Martin Luther's Theology, I had to check the footnotes twice, to make sure it was Luther sermon rather than Athanasius, "Just as the word of God became flesh, so it is certainly also necessary that the flesh become word. ... In other words: God becomes man so that man may become God. ... The Logos puts on our form and manner."

Deification, Union and Sanctification:
The ecumenical approach of this study, made this book unique in its coverage. The subjects are varied and linked by a pneumatological soteriology. I have no alternative to selecting some of the Deification issues: in Anabaptism, Sanctification in Methodism, and Union in evangelical theology. In his further pursuit of ecumenical like minded theology, he covers the Lutheran conversations with the and Roman Catholics Orthodox. He even delves "Beyond Salvation,' Christian metamorphosis from Orthodox Pentacostal perspective.

In Search of Consensual Salvation:
In those nine short essays the author exposes the ecumenical thinking on salvation, Union as the soteriological motif, Biblical theology, Becoming Holy, Priority of Love, Human Synergy, Pneumatology grounds of Salvation, Third millennium Soteriology, Soteriology of other Faiths.
"As a Lutheran, I want to say that the Orthodox doctrine of theosis is simply true, that justification by faith theologically presupposes it in the same way that Paul the Apostle reasoned by analogy from the resurrection of the dead to the justification of the sinner." Paul Hinlicky


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Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue Continues  Aug 28, 2006
This is another book from the Helsinki Theological School that is finding common ground between traditional Lutheranism, not to be confused with the modern Lutheran trend in the U.S. to go more and more Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox theological tradition. In particular, this book examines the doctrine of deification (theosis), so prevelant in the East.

The typically Lutheran forensic understanding of justification is called to account as an imbalance of the biblical message. Its history and rise within Lutheranism is detailed, contrasted to Luther's own theology. A clear explination of Eastern Orthodoxy and its emphasis on union with Christ as deification is given. After this, deification in other Protestant traditions is outlined, followed by an attempt (I think a working solution) to restore a more holisitic approach to the doctrine of justification.

THis is an excellent analysis of the subject and should be read by anyone intersted in serious ecumenism, and not the wishy washy rainbow coalition.
 

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