Jonathan Edwards and Deification
Reconciling Theosis and the Reformed Tradition
Series: New Explorations in Theology
- ISBN: 9781514000465
- Published By: IVP Academic
- Published: February 2022
The doctrine of deification or theosis is typically associated with the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Indeed, the language of participation in the divine nature as a way to understand salvation often sounds like strange music in the ears of Western Christians despite passages like 2 Peter 1:4 where it appears. However, recent scholarship has argued that the theologies of some of the most prominent figures in the history of the Western church, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley, share more in common with deification than has been acknowledged.
In this volume of IVP Academic's New Explorations in Theology series, theologian James Salladin considers the role of deification in the theology of another well-known Western theologian: Jonathan Edwards. In addition, he reflects upon the question of how Edwards's soteriology compares with the rest of the broader Reformed tradition.
Here, we discover how Edwards's theology affirms what it means for sinners to be brought into the hands of a loving God.