A unified soteriology for the whole churchIt is commonly claimed that Western Christianity teaches salvation as deliverance from sin through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, while Eastern Christi
A unified soteriology for the whole church
It is commonly claimed that Western Christianity teaches salvation as deliverance from sin through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, while Eastern Christianity teaches salvation as deliverance from death—and as deification—through Christ’s incarnation. But is it really true that there is no normative, unified doctrine of salvation to be found in Scripture and tradition?
Theologian Khaled Anatolios, deeply grounded in both East and West, here expounds a soteriology that speaks deeply to all Christians. He argues that both Western and Eastern perspectives are needed, and especially that Eastern theology and liturgy, contrary to Western misperceptions, hold cross, resurrection, and glorification together in an exemplary way. Anatolios uses the phrase “doxological contrition” to suggest that the truth of salvation is found both in Jesus’s perfect glorification of God and in his representative repentance for humanity’s sinful rejection of its original calling to participate in the life of the Holy Trinity.
Deification through the Cross is a salutary rebuttal of the postmodern fragmentation that assumes no single, normative soteriology can apply globally. Anatolios systematically expounds an integrated soteriology, which he then puts into dialogue with various perspectives, including liberation theology, Girardian theory, and penal substitution. All who seek to understand and teach “the joy of our salvation” will find indispensable help in this magisterial retrieval of an often-misunderstood doctrine.
Khaled Anatolios is John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was born in India and grew up in Egypt and Canada. His other books include Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine.
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Table of Contents
Part I: Foundational Sources for a Soteriology of Doxological Contrition
1 Doxological Contrition in Byzantine Liturgy
2 Doxological Contrition in Scripture
3 Doxological Contrition in Conciliar Doctrine
Part II: A Systematic Theology of Doxological Contrition
4 The Mutual Glorification of the Divine Trinity
5 Human Existence as Participation in Inner-Trinitarian Glorification
6 The Doxological Weight of Human Sin
7 Salvation as Reintegration into Trinitarian Glorification
8 Soteriology of Doxological Contrition in Dialogue