New Release:
Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, by Pr. Jordan Cooper

Pastor Cooper’s new book Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis is now available from Wipf & Stock and Amazon!

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The doctrine of theosis has enjoyed a recent resurgence among varied theological traditions across the realms of historical, dogmatic, and exegetical theology. In Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, Jordan Cooper evaluates this teaching from a Lutheran perspective. He examines the teachings of the church fathers, the New Testament, and the Lutheran Confessional tradition in conversation with recent scholarship on theosis. Cooper proposes that the participationist soteriology of the early fathers expressed in terms of theosis is compatible with Luther’s doctrine of forensic justification. The historic Lutheran tradition, Scripture, and the patristic sources do not limit soteriological discussions to legal terminology, but instead offer a multifaceted doctrine of salvation that encapsulates both participatory and forensic motifs. This is compared and contrasted with the development of the doctrine of deification in the Eastern tradition arising from the thought of Pseudo-Dionysius. Cooper argues that the doctrine of the earliest fathers—such as Irenaeus, Athanasius, and Justin—is primarily a Christological and economic reality defined as “Christification.” This model of theosis is placed in contradistinction to later Neoplatonic forms of deification.

What the reviewers are saying:

“Cooper’s work exhibits all the elements one would expect from a Lutheran scholar—a commitment to sola scriptura, a strong defense of a forensic notion of justification, and an emphasis on sacramentology—while at the same time incorporating a notion of theosis as Christification. Alongside other Protestant construals of theosis, Cooper’s work makes a fine addition.”
—Myk Habets, Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand

“On the basis of a clear exposition of the Eastern Orthodox teaching on deification, with particular emphasis on the aspect of Christification, Jordan Cooper argues eloquently for its compatibility with Lutheran theology. Without obscuring the differences between the Orthodox and Lutheran approaches, he makes a valuable contribution to ecumenical theological dialogue and potentially to the renewal of the mystical tradition in the Western churches.”
—Norman Russell, St. Stephen’s House, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

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  1. Joe Herron
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 15:02:55

    Hi Pastor Cooper.

    I tried finding your new book on Wipf & Stock but it is not there.

    Just thought I would let you know.



  2. Jordan Cooper
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 01:41:05

    Hey Joe. The book is available from Wipf & Stock here:


    • Joe Herron
      Aug 08, 2014 @ 00:39:51

      Thanks Jordan…I did see it was on Wipf & Stock again a few days later.


  3. Rev. Fred Balke
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 21:18:18

    Just listened to your radio program on, “The Lutheran View of the Lord’s Supper” and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to future programs. Thanks for all your good work.


  4. Mike Baker
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 19:56:05

    This book is so well researched, presented, and supported with footnotes that it’s profound conclusions are embarrassingly evident. I spent much of the book kicking myself for not having already seen some of these connections, exegetical points, and arguments in my own study.

    The fact that the content of this book is controversial boggles my mind. If anything, this book could have been titled “Christification: An Exhaustive Statement of the Obvious.”

    As with all of Pr Cooper’s publications, this is a must read. Having devoured the kindle version, I will be buying a couple dead tree editions to give as gifts.

    Great work.


  5. Mike Baker
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 20:12:42

    Pr Cooper,

    Towards the end of the exigetical chapter you address John 10: 34– 38. The parallels between the old testament receivers of the word and Christ as the Word are insightful.

    Would you say that this would add the Psalm 82 text to biblical supports for Mystical Union? Christ is the word and the eloheim in the psalm are eloheim because Christ says that they received the word of God. Isn’t Christ pointing to the ontological reception of Himself as the cause of the gods title the old testament passage that He just quoted?


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