Reforming Deification

Here’s a little article I put together on the doctrine of deification in the Reformed tradition.  It’s just meant to be an introduction, but it should get you started.   The really important thing to notice is Calvin’s emphasis on the deified Adam.

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.

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  1. If I understand your reading of Calvin correctly, I think I would have trouble finding sound biblical basis for at least this part of it: “Though created an ‘earthly man,’ after being given the imago dei and the Spirit of Yahweh, Adam was himself a heavenly man.” The contrast Paul makes between Adam and Christ in I Cor 15 is not just a contrast between dust and heaven but (in parallel construction to that) between psyche and pneuma, where psyche is what the first Adam became after God breathed into him. “So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living soul” [quoting Gen 2:7, LXX]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.”

    Secondly, do you know where I could find the Latin for the tetrapolitan confession? (It was Latin originally, right?) Is it online anywhere? The reason I ask is that the only English translation I could find is rather different from what you have:

    By this only are we regenerated and the image of God is restored in us. By this, althought we are born corrupt, our thoughts even from our childhood being altogether prone to evil, we become good and upright. For from this we, being fully satisfied with one God, the perennial fountain of blessings that is copiously effluent, show ourselves to others as gods — i.e., true children of God — by love striving for their advantage so far as we are able.

    And that sounds much less like an affirmation affirmation of theosis.

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