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Deification through the Cross
An Eastern Christian Theology of Salvation
HARDCOVER; Published: 11/3/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7798-7
Price: $ 50.00
464 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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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 no normative, unified doctrine of salvation is to be found in Scripture and tradition?  

Theologian Khaled Anatolios, deeply grounded in both East and West, here advances a soteriology that speaks deeply to all Christians. He argues that both Eastern and Western 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: 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 Two: 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
Conclusion

REVIEWS
“This profound and beautiful book is the finest yet from the hand of its remarkable author. Khaled Anatolios sees the suffering of the cross not as a problem to be solved (or explained away), but as the full and free enactment of Jesus’s perfect sorrow over the sins of the world—at once the eternal Son’s glorification of the Father in our flesh and the opening up of divine life itself to sinners. This is a deeply learned theological work at home with the whole Christian tradition, but it is also much more than that. By finding anew the cross at the heart of the mystery of salvation, this theologian makes the joy of the gospel leap off the page.”
— Bruce D. Marshall
Perkins School of Theology
“In this book, Khaled Anatolios rises magnificently to the late Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s challenge to engage in liturgical theology, that is, a theology that emerges from and is nourished by the liturgy. His subject is of major importance, with enormous ecumenical repercussions: the doctrine of the atonement. From his immersion in the Byzantine liturgy, he offers the central theme of doxological contrition, and pursues this in dialogue with the Scriptures and with an impressive array of theologians—Athanasius, Cyril, Maximus, Anselm, Aquinas, Nicholas Cabasilas, Scheeben, Staniloae, Balthasar. Deification through the Cross is a triumph of sympathetic dialogue, transcending the easy dichotomies of much twentieth-century theology.”
— Andrew Louth
Durham University
“The modern discussion of salvation can seem a bewildering collection of competing images, models, and perspectives. Khaled Anatolios not only brings the biblical and traditional material into focus but also points toward a more faithful way of understanding and experiencing what salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ can mean for the church and the Christian.”
— Michael Root
The Catholic University of America

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