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. . . it would certainly open the door to valuable ecumenical discussions among scholars in very diverse branches of Christianity.
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The great service of the slim volume by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. . .fills in some valuable pieces of the justification-as-deification puzzle by providing a very helpful chapter on the doctrine of deification in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
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About the Author

Veli-Matti Karkkainen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
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  • Series: Unitas
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814629717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814629710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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This is another book from the Helsinki Theological School that is finding common ground between traditional Lutheranism, not to be confused with the modern Lutheran trend in the U.S. to go more and more Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox theological tradition. In particular, this book examines the doctrine of deification (theosis), so prevelant in the East.

The typically Lutheran forensic understanding of justification is called to account as an imbalance of the biblical message. Its history and rise within Lutheranism is detailed, contrasted to Luther's own theology. A clear explination of Eastern Orthodoxy and its emphasis on union with Christ as deification is given. After this, deification in other Protestant traditions is outlined, followed by an attempt (I think a working solution) to restore a more holisitic approach to the doctrine of justification.

THis is an excellent analysis of the subject and should be read by anyone intersted in serious ecumenism, and not the wishy washy rainbow coalition.
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I cannot recommend this short work enough. Absolutely any Christian who is interested in concepts like justification and deification should study this work. Given its short length, do not expect it to cover things in great detail. This is a work to use when starting to think about the ecumenical ramifications of these concepts.

Obviously the author takes the scholar Tuomo Mannermaa's Finnish School of Luther Research quite seriously. As well as Eastern ideas. And the 40+ year history of ecumenical discussions between various Lutheran and Orthodox bodies.

I believe the greatest value of this work is in regard to approaching the subject from the perspectives of many different Churches. So while an emphasis is clearly on Lutherans and Orthodox, the work is much broader in scope. One appreciates this best in two wonderful chapters.

First, Chapter 5's discussion of "Later Protestant Theologies". Here we see convergences with Anabaptism, Methodism, and general "Evangelical Theology". These groups often get overlooked in regard to both their own thoughts as well as how they related to the thoughts of others. Not so here. Quite informative.

Second, I found Chapter 6's discussion "Towards an Ecumenical Convergence" to be most interesting. He looks at the Lutheran-Orthodox "conversations". Then the Roman Catholic-Lutheran conversations. And finally the Orthodox-Pentecostal perspective. So we get a good sense of how these ideas can come to unite rather divergent schools of thought.

Overall, the work excels at reminding us that sometimes we just need to look carefully to see real potential convergences of theological thought that can and should unite us all. So read this as an introduction. Then delve deeper into the various schools of thought. The excellent footnotes and citations will give you many other works to consider.
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What is salvation? That is a question Christians wrestle with, and there is really no consensus. Veli-Matti Karkkainen, takes up the question of salvation in the context of Lutheran-Orthodox dialogue. The focus is on the relationship of justification (Lutheran-emphasis) and Deification (Orthodox-Emphasis). Although not a lengthy book, the author helpfully explores the two concepts, and the way in which there is commonality.

For me, as one who is neither Orthodox nor Lutheran, I found this to be a very helpful discussion of theosis/deification, a concept or doctrine that could be transformative for Protestant churches who struggle with traditional Western paradigms that are rooted in legal concepts. Theosis essentially is union with God. It is not that we become gods, but that in union with Christ we are drawn into union with God. That, the author believes, is the goal of most all religions. What is helpful as well is the way in which we discover that the concept is already present in Wesley and Anabaptist theology, as well as Luther's own writings.

All in all, a very helpful read!
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This is very helpful for Protestants interested in how our traditional emphasis on justification can be joined with the Eastern approach of theosis. Very hopeful book for the future of a united church.
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"..., if our salvation consists in finding ourselves in God, it means finding ourselves to be as God is. But we only do this by being what God is and acting as He acts, which, of course, is impossible without His direct intervention. 'You therefore are to be perfect, even as your heavenly father is perfect... Abide in me and I in you.' " Thomas Merton, The New Man

Prologue to our Union:
"If this book inspires ecumenical and systematic reflection on the doctrine of salvation within and between christian churches, its ultimate goal has been more than achieved." This is what the author and Helsinki ecumenics docent sets, in the Preface, as the goal of his ecumenically probing study. This pursuit of unity is supported by Unitas books, and shared by the Liturgical press, confirming that "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi."

One With God:
The books title takes the reader to Athanasius philanthropic Christology expressed in the 'Sarx-Logos' Alexandrine sotereology based on the Johannine verse of the union with God in Christ, "And the Word became flesh and lived among us" John 1:14. So he emphasizes the prominence of deification for salvation, affected through the incarnation which starts the role of the Holy Spirit whose grace makes humans participants in divine life. He quotes Cyril of Alexandria who defended the Hypostatic Union, on page 26, "Christ filled his whole body with the life giving power of the Spirit... it was not the flesh that gave life to the Spirit, but the power of the Spirit that gave life to the flesh.
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