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Partaking in Divine Nature Deification and Communion by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

Partaking in Divine Nature Deification and Communion


Partaking in Divine Nature Deification and Communion by Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

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 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.


'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'

'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'

About the Author

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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Publication date

22nd December 2011


Rev Dr. Paul M. Collins

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


230 pages


Christian theology



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