Sharing in the Divine Nature

Sharing in the Divine Nature

Keith Ward argues that this conflicts with classical ideas of God as simple, impassible, and changeless—ideas that many modern theologians espouse, and which Ward subjects to careful and critical scrutiny.

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725266384

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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A defense of the New Testament view that all things are to be united in Christ, which entails that the ultimate destiny of the universe, and of all that is in it, is to be united in God. Keith Ward argues that this conflicts with classical ideas of God as simple, impassible, and changeless—ideas that many modern theologians espouse, and which Ward subjects to careful and critical scrutiny. He defends the claim that the cosmos contributes something substantial to—and in that way changes—the divine nature, and the cosmos is destined to manifest and express the essential creativity and relationality of a God of beatific, agapic, redemptive, and unitive love.
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Partakers of the Divine Nature

Partakers of the Divine Nature

For Rahner, the answer to all three questions, mutatis mutandis, is participation in
the divine nature. ... divinizing participation, and his anthropological-
ecclesiological understanding of human life as sharing in the divine life of the
Triune God.

Author: Michael J. Christensen

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838641113

Category: Religion

Page: 325

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This critical volume focuses on the issue of continuity and discontinuity of the Christian concept of theosis, or deification, in the intellectual history of ideas. It addresses the origin, development, and function of theosis from its antecedents in ancient Greek philosophy to its nuanced use in contemporary theological thought. Often seen as a heresy in the Protestant West, the revival of interest in deification in both lay and scholastic circles heralds a return to foundational understandings of salvation in the Christian church before the divisions of East and West, Catholic and Protestant.
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Nature and Grace

Nature and Grace

Indeed, for him, the grace of divine sonship is no mere metaphor; like the order of
nature, the order of grace constitutes its ... acceptance of human nature has its
counterpart in the exaltation of that humanity through sharing in the divine nature,
 ...

Author: Andrew Dean Swafford

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630873196

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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Conventional wisdom has it that thinking on nature and grace among Catholic intellectuals was severely clouded by the work of Cajetan and his fellow Thomistic commentators from about the sixteenth century to the eve of Vatican II. Henri de Lubac has rightly been given credit for pointing this out; and to all appearances, de Lubac's influence won the day, as can be seen by the imprint of his thought upon not just the Second Vatican Council, but also the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. However, in recent years, a new crop of Thomistic scholars has arisen who question whether de Lubac's word on nature and grace should be the last; hence, the debate over the nature-grace relation, so heated at mid-twentieth century, has been stirred once again. Dr. Swafford here offers a "third way" by way of the nineteenth-century German theologian Matthias J. Scheeben--who, for some reason, has never really been considered especially relevant to this debate. Swafford shows that Scheeben can capture the very best of both sides, while at the same time avoiding the characteristic pitfalls so often alleged against each.
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Jude and 2 Peter Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Jude and 2 Peter  Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

The purpose of God's promises is so that the believers “might become partakers
of the divine nature. ... about humans becoming divine but rather which
characteristics and attributes these different classes of beings shared or did not
share (see ...

Author: Gene Green

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441210722

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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In this new addition to the award-winning BECNT series, respected New Testament scholar and biblical interpretation expert Gene Green offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on the books of Jude and 2 Peter. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Green leads readers through the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these New Testament books. As with all BECNT volumes, Jude and 2 Peter features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication and pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
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Joseph Smith s Tritheism

Joseph Smith   s Tritheism

Perichoresis is inextricably linked with divine simplicity. Letham quite
persuasively argues that the concept of a simple divine essence/nature, shared
among three divine persons that co-inhabit one another, speaks to the necessity
of no more ...

Author: Dayton Hartman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630872786

Category: Religion

Page: 162

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"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods." --Joseph Smith Few figures in North American religious history are quite as enigmatic as Joseph Smith. His unabashed adherence to tritheism gave birth to one of the most influential religious movements in American history. Many attempts have been made to engage his life and unorthodox theology. However, Joseph Smith's Tritheism is a unique text that blends church history, thoughtful theological exegesis, and evangelical apologetics in an attempt to engage Joseph Smith's theology anew.
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Divine Nature and Human Language

Divine Nature and Human Language

These essays fall into two groups: those concerned with theological language (Part 1 of the volume) and those that deal with the nature, status, and activity of God (Parts II and HI).

Author: William P. Alston

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725283190

Category: Religion

Page: 294

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Divine Nature and Human Language is a collection of twelve essays in philosophical theology by William P. Alston, one of the leading figures in the current renaissance in the philosophy of religion. Using the equipment of contemporary analytical philosophy, Alston explores, partly refashions, and defends a largely traditional conception of God and His work in the world a conception that finds its origins in medieval philosophical theology. These essays fall into two groups: those concerned with theological language (Part 1 of the volume) and those that deal with the nature, status, and activity of God (Parts II and HI). In Part 1, Alston develops a conceptual scheme for discussing the topic of theological language. He also argues that there is a core of literal talk about God and even a core of predicates univocally applicable to God and creatures. Furthermore, he shows that God can be referred to directly as well as descriptively. In Parts II and III, the author sketches out a middle way between a classical conception of God exemplified by Aquinas and the more recent “process” or “panentheist” conception exemplified by Hartshorne. Alston argues that such a God can act so as to have real effects in the world and can enter into genuine dialogue and otherwise interact with human beings. In addition, he defends the idea that God provides a foundation for morality. The first collection of Alston's ground breaking work in the philosophy of religion, Divine Nature and Human Language will be welcomed by scholars and students of the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, theology, and religious studies.
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Partaking in Divine Nature

Partaking in Divine Nature

In this concluding chapter I will pursue the question: What does it mean to claim
that believers participate in the divine nature (2 Peter ... So to speak of sharing in
the nature or life of God, or even of becoming 'god', is perhaps doubly difficult.

Author: Paul M. Collins

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567031877

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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The Andover Review

The Andover Review

He might , it is true , look forward , by faith , to an ultimate sharing of the divine
nature ; and in anticipation of that inter - union he could enjoy a symbolic inter -
communion with God by partaking of the peace - offerings at the table of his Lord
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112004296528

Category: Education, Secondary

Page:

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Categories: Education, Secondary

The God of Peace

The God of Peace

God encompasses more than just three persons in one nature; God exemplifies a
community of love and sharing and models within the divine nature what the
human community might be if we entered into a similar communion of love.

Author: John Dear

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597521123

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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The God of peace is never glorified by human violence. Thomas Merton 'The God of Peace', John Dear's classic theology of nonviolence, broke new ground when it was first published as a breakthrough toward a new understanding of scripture, theology, social concerns and churches issues--from the perspective of Gospel nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day. This ground-breaking study begins not just with the culture of violence, but the nonviolence of God, and the revolutionary nonviolence of Jesus. From the start, John Dear explores traditional areas of theology, such as Christology, Trinitarian Theology, anthropology, sin, redemption, theodicy, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology, spirituality, liturgy, Catholic social teaching, the just war theory,, feminism, liberation theology and the consistent ethic of life. This text will help university and theology students pursuing the theology and spirituality of nonviolence, as well as ordinary Christians and activists interested in the crucial connection between war and violence, and God and nonviolence.
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The One God

The One God

The dependence of each divine person on their shared nature is a key element of
the interdependence of the divine persons. Because the divine essence cannot
now exist without being eternally possessed by each of the three, were one of ...

Author: Michael L. Chiavone

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630876821

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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In what sense is God one? How can those who worship Jesus Christ, his Father, and the Holy Spirit claim to be monotheists? These questions were answered by the early church, and their answering analogies, models, and language have come down to the church today. However, theology is not stagnant, and the twentieth century has seen several new models of the Trinity emerge. Many of these models have focused on the three persons without adequately considering the consequences for the unity of God. The One God seeks to develop an understanding of the unity of the Triune God by examining the positions put forward by Karl Rahner, Millard Erickson, John Zizioulas, and Wolfhart Pannenberg. After carefully presenting and critically examining each of these positions, this book offers a synthesis: an understanding of the unity of God that is historically informed, theologically adequate, internally coherent, and able to explain Christian monotheism in a new century. By affirming both the singular divine essence of God and the genuine, eternal interdependence of distinct divine persons in God, The One God affirms the personal and the natural levels of ontology, both crucial for understanding God, humanity, and the world.
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Divine Intimacy Vol 1

Divine Intimacy  Vol  1

O Lord, strengthen our participation in the divine life of him who willed to take
upon himself our human nature. ... a man becomes truly incorporated into the
crucified and glorified Christ, and is reborn to a sharing of the divine life” (UR 22).

Author: Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9780898701425

Category: Religion

Page: 284

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"The classic book of daily meditations on the interior life, newly revised and expanded to correspond with the feasts of the Catholic liturigal year."--Cover.
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The Holy Nation

The Holy Nation

It must be emphatically understood that only the life of the divine is accepted in
the kingdom of heaven, and it is those who ... garment here signifies, an effiuence
of life that conjoins man to Elohim, and in that union the sharing of divine nature.

Author: Eric Robinson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469134956

Category: Religion

Page: 91

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This book, the holy nation, is a revealing of the 14th chapter of the revelations that gives us the answer to what the purpose of the father is in regards to his people. -Min Jonathan Friedl. Milwaukee, WI Min. Uriyah Baraka knowledge that comes from our Creator is filled full of wisdom. I enjoy reading all his material. I grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the divine. This book is a must read. - Pastor. Ginger Banks, Indianapolis, IN.
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The Lord

The Lord

Death does not belong to the essence of human nature; it is pagan to claim that it
does. Sin brings death because it tears people from God. Man's real life is in the
sharing of “the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4) that sin destroyed, thus causing the ...

Author: Romano Guardini

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781596983007

Category: Religion

Page: 629

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The only true and unedited telling of the life of Christ—his life and times, in historical context, but not lacking the psychology behind his physical being and spirit. Unlike other books seeking to strip Jesus' story to reveal only the human being, Romano Guardini's The Lord gives the complete story of Jesus Christ—as man, Holy Ghost, and Creator. Pope Benedict XVI lauds Guardini's work as providing a full understanding of the Son of God, away from the prejudice that rationality engenders. Put long-held myths aside and discover the entire truth about God's only begotten Son.
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The Life of Grace

The Life of Grace

The participation in God is physical in the sense that it is achieved by means of a
created reality physically and really inhering in the soul ; a sharing in the divine
nature is the result . Morally we imitate God or participate in Him by acts of love or
 ...

Author: Gregory Stevens

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041280749

Category: Grace (Theology).

Page: 118

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Categories: Grace (Theology).

The Philokalia

The Philokalia

“The kenosis of the divine Son took place in order to bring about the theosis of
the human person,”146 Russell explains. ... Christians keep before them as they
pray the Lord's Prayer: the goal of deification, sharing in the divine nature through
 ...

Author: Brock Bingaman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911837

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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The Philokalia (literally "love of the beautiful or good") is, after the Bible, the most influential source of spiritual tradition within the Orthodox Church. First published in Greek in 1782 by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth, the Philokalia includes works by thirty-six influential Orthodox authors from the fourth to fifteenth-centuries such as Maximus the Confessor, Peter of Damascus, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Surprisingly, this important collection of theological and spiritual writings has received little scholarly attention. With the growing interest in Orthodox theology, the need for a substantive resource for philokalic studies has become increasingly evident. The purpose of the present volume is to remedy that lack by providing an ecumenical collection of scholarly essays on the Philokalia that will introduce readers to its background, motifs, authors, and relevance for contemporary life and thought.
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God and Contemporary Science

God and Contemporary Science

It is a shared challenge, for those who choose to bear the name Christian or who
find themselves associated with its ... Jesus must somehow have shared in the
divine nature itself in order to have played the crucial role in salvation history that
 ...

Author: Philip Clayton

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0748607986

Category: Creation

Page: 274

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This text is part of the Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology series, which aims to provide a dialogue between the history of Western theological traditions and the contemporary interpretative context. Intended for those with no particular historical or theological training, it guides students through the core theological issues, searching out common ground by surveying the classic works of the theological tradition.
Categories: Creation

God Loves You Infinitely

God Loves You Infinitely

Holiness, as a reality or an ideal, is a sharing in the divine nature, a free gift of the
Father. Like all gifts it can be accepted, rejected or abused. We still struggle with
our sinful nature. We are, as St Paul says, 'earthen vessels' that can easily be ...

Author: Andrew Keogh

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469104447

Category: Religion

Page: 536

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This book may be said to approach the conveying of the truth of the Catholic faith to newcomers on the basis of the Creeds that have stood the test of time. In the final analysis conviction and conversion are the work of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Divine Love! Therein lies a process of growth in which the goal is to be "an aroma of Christ for God's sake" (St. Paul). Conversion is like the growth of a flower in which we rejoice when we see it in full bloom. However without being rooted in good soil and nourished it will die. Therein lies the importance and value of a catechesis and the emphasis on the Creed which has survived the onslaughts of two millennia.
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Parochial Sermons

Parochial Sermons

by communicating a sharing ( consortium ) of the Divine Nature , by a sort of
participation of likeness ; as it is impossible that anything should kindle fire , save
fire alone . ” ( 2. I. q . 112. art . 1 ) . On this Dr. Hampden stated , that “ the
Pantheistic ...

Author: Edward Bouverie Pusey

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B193984

Category: Sermons, English

Page:

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Categories: Sermons, English

The Trinity and Theodicy

The Trinity and Theodicy

We thus discover three distinct divine Persons sharing one divine nature. The
doctrine of the Trinity affirms the full divinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit — three divine Persons subsisting in one divine nature. Arthur C. McGill ...

Author: Dr Jacob H Friesenhahn

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409481362

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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Why does God permit the great suffering and evil that we see in our world? This basic question of human existence receives a fresh answer in this book as the mystery of evil is explored in the context of the mystery of the Trinity. God's permission of evil and the way in which suffering can lead human persons into the life of the Trinity are discussed in dialogue with the great Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. In the light of Balthasar's model of the Trinity as divine self-giving love, we gain a profound grasp of the nature of suffering in human life by placing our suffering in the context of the divine life of the Triune God.
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