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From imitatio Christi to imago Dei: Deification and Relationality in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2015) From imitatio Christi to imago Dei: Deification and Relationality in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In: n/a, n/a, n/a. (Submitted to be assessed for publication)

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Abstract

Against the background of recent arguments for a doctrine of deification in the theology of the Reformers, this essay shows how theologian, pastor and ecumenist, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, integrates the Lutheran concern with justification through faith by grace alone with patristic motifs of transformation and participation in the divine life. Influenced by his reading of Luther, Bonhoeffer holds together the extra nos of God’s saving action in Christ and the in nobis transformation of human existence brought about the indwelling of Christ and the Spirit. He does this by reframing both Christology and anthropology within a constitutively relational description of the person pro aliis.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Paper)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Deification, Bonhoeffer, Luther, relation, theological anthropology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
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Depositing User: Rev Dr Kevin A. Lenehan
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 00:16
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 04:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1780

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