This identification, initiation and inauguration were consummated on the cross when Christ died for sin. He stood in our place, taking our cause upon him, also as Believer, as the Obedient One who was himself justified before God as his beloved Son in whom he was well pleased. Union of the two natures in Christ is the key to understanding our union with Christ. It is noteworthy that Torrance endorses the book, adding to the ambiguity of his thought at this point. If humanity is created to know God and to revel in the joy this knowledge brings worship , then theosis is the attainment of that knowledge and the joyous communion it creates. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973 , p. While the theme of theosis is not a dominant one in the West it is certainly not without its supporters.
He continues: Light orders the cosmos in the special sense that the invariance of its speed is the basis of the equations governing space, time, and motion that Einstein discovered in 1905. This means that by adoption, men and women are made to partake of the divine nature theosis. Torrance New York: Peter Lang, 2003 , p. Like Athanasius, Torrance understands the uniting of the divine Logos and human nature in the one person of the Son hypostatic union to divinise human nature. We also note that art. Torrance: The Rejection of Dualism Edinburgh: Handsel Press, 1992.
Torrance notes that adoption is more biblically termed sonship through Christ Rom 8. Myk Habets Doctor Serviens Ecclesiae Auckland, New Zealand Introduction Approaching T. Torrance, The Doctrine of Jesus Christ, p. Lee, Living in Union With Christ: The Practical Theology of Thomas F. According to Torrance, union with Christ is not simply evangelical detachment or a monistic merging with the divine. Hopt's work and legacy and includes contributions from approximately 200 German and international authors on topics from the fields of private law, company law, banking and capital market law, commercial law, market economy and law enforcement and also considers several international issues.
Torrance argues that we do not fully know. Participation in God is achieved by grace, by God alone. Neuhaus Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1969 , p. Torrance and Eberhard Jüngel Lund: Lund University Press, 1995 , pp. Gorham London: Bell and Daldy, 1857.
Because humanity is divinised in Christ through the incarnation, atonement has been perfectly achieved in his own person, that is, ontologically. In order to do this Torrance develops a dynamic and relational account of the imago Dei that develops central emphases of Eastern Orthodox anthropology, along with some explicitly Calvinistic themes. Torrance also learned of the idea from H. Dawson and Jock Stein Edinburgh: The Handsel Press, 1999 , pp. Williams, The Ground of Union: Deification in Aquinas and Palamas New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 , p.
Torrance, Space, Time and Resurrection 1976. See Wolfhart Pannenberg, Theology and the Kingdom of God, ed. The Holy Spirit is now mediated to believers by and through the humanity of Christ who sanctified himself in the Spirit so that we might be sanctified in him. While not materially separate, incarnation and reconciliation are formally distinct as theological loci, and for the purposes of systematic study it has been necessary to deal with each under a separate chapter. See Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1958 , pp. While Torrance makes this general point he offers little by way of development or discussion of it, electing to deal more fully with the human dimensions of theosis and more specifically its christological properties.
Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance 52 incarnational. Torrance, God and Rationality, p. This graced relation to God is initiated in space-time but extends to the eschaton in which the resurrection of the whole being of the person as body and soul is realised. Colyer, How To Read T. Rather, we, too, are fitted by the Spirit for communion with the Father and empowered for service as the Spirit unites us continually to Jesus the new Adam. For Torrance theosis involves achieving creaturely objectivity as opposed to sinful subjectivity. Newton Malony Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998 , pp.
The Hesychast monk Gregory Palamas 1296—1359 answered Barlaam in his Apodictic Treatises 1336 ; Triads in Defense of the Holy Hesychasts 1338—41 ; and Hagioretic Tome 1340. By extension this applies to all that Christ did in his incarnation to secure our salvation. Last but certainly not least, to my wife Odele — my favourite theological interlocutor — I owe the greatest thanks and love. Divine revelation is God himself coming to deliver his own message of reconciliation. Lee, Living in Union With Christ, p.