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Partakers of Divine Nature: An Inspiring Presentation of Man's Purpose in Life According to Orthodox Theology Paperback – December, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0937032091 ISBN-10: 0937032093

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Light & Life Publishing Company (December 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937032093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937032091
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theron Mathis on October 11, 2011
The heart of Orthodox theology is the notion of theosis. This is the ability to participate in the life of God and be transformed by this communion. It is a deep communion that allows man to truly touch God and be changed into God's likeness. The book Partakers of the Divine Nature summarizes the Orthodox theology of theosis. Coming from Evangelical Protestantism there are a multitude of book on living the Christian life. This is the definitive Orthodox version and draws each individual into the life of God. This review summarizes the contents of the book and provides an understanding for partaking of God's life.

Theosis is a term that describes the process of the Christian life. It is a Greek term that describes becoming like God. This is not a novel idea rooted in late Orthodox theology, but has been part of the teaching of the people of God since the beginning. In the first chapters of Genesis, God creates man in the image and likeness of God. The image is an unbreakable stamp of God upon human nature that can not be eradicated. This is man's purpose as pointed out in Mt. 5:44, "That you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven." Gal 4:4-7 calls man to become sons and heirs of the Father. However, through the fall man lost this likeness of God, and the story of redemption and the purpose of the Incarnation was God restoring man once again to become like God and journey this path of theosis. St. Athanasius makes the oft repeated statement that "God became man, so the we might be made gods."

Through the Incarnation Christ restored human nature and the power of the Incarnation according to the author is "realized in the Holy Spirit" (29).
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