HIST 558/THEO 558

Partaking of the Divine Nature: Salvation, Holiness and the Doctrine of God

This course is also offered as THEO 558

Course Description

Christian salvation is a gift, but what is the nature of that gift? The doctrine of theosis suggests that God’s best gift in salvation is, quite simply, God's self. Theosis–also called "divinization" or "deification"–teaches that God the Father sends the Son and the Spirit so that the saints may partake of the Trinity’s own divine life. Though this teaching is often associated with Eastern Orthodoxy, scholars increasingly recognize that theosis is common to many streams of classical Christianity. Explore the biblical, historical, and dogmatic sources for theosis, learn to integrate the doctrines of God and salvation together in a united whole, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the pursuit of holiness.

Dates Jul 10–Jul 14
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Jim Salladin


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There are no prerequisites for this course.

What I love about Regent is that it’s a place for people who have questions about their ordinary lives. Not just academic theological questions, but questions about what it means to live the good life or be faithful. Not just a space for heady conversations but a place to wrestle with faith and a place where they can belong.” — Vivian Lee (MATS student)