Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance


Myk Habets, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance, Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies (London and New York: Routledge, 2009)


Habets, Myk. Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance.  Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies. London and New York: Routledge, 2009


"In memory of Tom Torrance (1913-2007), for inspiring so many of us to think through more clearly the contours of a scientific theology that glorifies the triune God of grace."


Torrance's vision of Theosis (deification/divinisation) is explored through his doctrine of creation and anthropology, his characterisation of the incarnation, his accounts of reconciliation and union with Christ, and his theology of church and sacraments. Myk Habets' study distinguishes Torrance's Reformed vision of theosis from other possible accounts of salvation as divinisation as they are found, for instance, within patristic thought and Eastern Orthodoxy. This book presents the first critique of the theology of T.F.Torrance to focus on theosis, and examines a model of theosis within the realm of reformed theology built upon Western theology.


Introduction: Approaching T. F. Torrance and the Theme of Theosis.
1. Creation and Theological Anthropology.
2. Incarnation: God Became Human.
3. Partaking of the Divine Nature.
4. Community and Communion.
Conclusion: The 'Danger of Vertigo'?