Theosis in Luther: Analysis of the New Finnish Luther Research

Authors

  • Viacheslav LYTVYNENKO Viacheslav Lytvynenko is presently doing doctoral studies in Greek patristics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Keywords:

Luther, Theosis, Finnish Luther research

Abstract

The article is focused on the new Finnish Luther research that attempts to establish a point of contact between Lutheran and Orthodox traditions by claiming that Luther’s idea of Christ’s indwelling corresponds to the Orthodox doctrine of the
osis (also known as deification, or participation in God). In opposition to the traditional forensic understanding of justification, Finnish scholars reinterpret the motif of Christ’s presence in Luther and affirm that he understood salvation in
terms of participation in God along the lines of patristic soteriology. While the research is grounded on the intention of finding common points of dialogue between the two theological traditions, it can be argued that Finnish perspective can be improved by revising its essentialist description of participation in God in
light of the Orthodox essenceenergies distinction.

Author Biography

Viacheslav LYTVYNENKO, Viacheslav Lytvynenko is presently doing doctoral studies in Greek patristics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Viacheslav Lytvynenko is presently doing doctoral studies in Greek patristics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He taught historical theology and Eastern Orthodoxy at Donetsk Christian University from 2003 to 2010 and now works at the Comenius Research Institute in Prague. Viacheslav is married to Oksana Lytvynenko and they have three children.

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