Theosis v. Pelagianism

Theosis \gg mimesis. Or something like that. And I think I want Inhabiting the Cruciform God. In any case, I ought to finish packing for this long weekend’s winter retreat before I wake up and find that it’s already Ash Wednesday.

Still, it’s astonishingly common for people – even for those who check off the substitutionary atonement box – to talk about redemption in terms of imitatio, not knowing that Pelagianism’s a heresy. As my roommate points out, many people think becoming Christlike is man’s chief end, and to them this really does consist of just doing stuff, to which atonement is merely a prerequisite.

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. How can people find greater glory in works than in union with Christ? Isn’t mystical union a far greater thing, with good works being only one facet thereof? Hence my complaint.


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