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Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul's Narrative Soteriology Paperback – April 3, 2009
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I greatly enjoyed Gorman's important work. It is well written and clearly argued throughout, and he demonstrates a thorough familiarity with Paul and his letters. I am extremely sympathetic to the core theological argument of the book, that kenosis not only pertains to Christ but also reveals something of the character and manner of working of God the Father as well.Read more ›
Karl Barth wrote in his Dogmatics that all the dubious features of Calvinism come from the fact that, in the end, he separated God from Jesus Christ. I believe this to be very true of most `theology', if the term can even apply. It begins with unrecognized philosophical presuppositions that are read into the text of scripture rather than being read as it is within the context of the liturgical community, which I would argue is the most accurate method of exegesis.Read more ›
For Gorman, the center of Pauline thought is not to be found in forensic justification (Luther), nor is it to be found in the concept of covenant community (Wright). Rather, "theosis is the center of Paul's theology." (171) Theosis, for Gorman, is a thoroughly Christological reality, and can be called "Christification." Gorman's concept of theosis shares similarities with the Eastern Orthodox approach, but is not synonymous. For Gorman, theosis is primarily cruciformity. God's nature is cruciform, and thus theosis is living the cruciform life, mirroring God's self giving love. Gorman proposes that the Carmen Christi of Philippians 2:6-11 is Paul's "master story." This text serves as a lens through which Paul's theology is to be read. Gorman argues, convincingly I think, that the phrase "although he was in the form of God" can be read "because he was in the form of God." In other words, the incarnation is not contrary to God's normal manner of acting, but is thoroughly consistent with God's character. In fact, it is the ultimate revelation of God's character. Thus, in contrast to human perceptions of divinity which are linked with political power, God's power in shown in weakness. It is of God's essence and character to be self-giving. In Gorman's words, "divinity has kenotic servanthood as its essential attribute."(31)
There is a redefinition of the term "Justification" in Gorman's writing.Read more ›
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I gave this 5 stars because the explanation of justification was so good. It really defines what it means to be crucified with Christ. It was not easy to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andy
Gorman's theological contributions are gems for those who consider them.Published 23 months ago by Lance Hancock
Chapters 1 and 4, on kenosis and non-violence, is where Gorman really shines in this book. I really enjoyed those chapters and completely agree and think it's very, very important. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Brian J. Henry
Head spun. I've been looking for a text on Justification theology that leaves room for love, especially the love of enemies, rather than the nepotism which tends to characterize,... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Rob
I am a proponent of cruciform theology, that is, the idea that it is on the cross and in His humility where Jesus shows us most perfectly what God is like. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
I was assigned to read Gorman's book and write a critical review for a Romans exegesis course. This is it - note that all the parenthetical citations refer to _Inhabiting the... Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Joseph Beal
First, let it be stated that I, like the other gentleman, am a convert to Orthodoxy from Protestantism. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Mr.Dupont