Theosis in Luther: Analysis of the New Finnish Luther Research

Viacheslav LYTVYNENKO

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.


Keywords


Luther; Theosis; Finnish Luther research

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ISSN 2415-783X
THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS: EURO-ASIAN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY