Monday, December 15, 2008

The Reformation and Theosis

“The West has historically given far more attention to moral holiness and so has focused on the elimination of sin as culpa rather than on salvation as liberation from moral corruption. While the them of theosis is not a dominant one in the West, it is not without its supporters.”—Theosis, page 146

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And that focus has caused us to miss the heart of salvation, in my opinion. We are so focused on eliminating culpa (blame) that we miss the heart of God, which is conforming us into His likeness. I think this alone is reason enough to hold to multiple views of the atonement. To say that the only acceptable view of the atonement is penal substitution is the cut off the possibility of deification/theosis.
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