The basic claim of this book has been that pauls soteriology is best described as theosis or transformation into the image of the kenotic cruciform god revealed in the faithful and loving cross of christ and that spirit enabled theosis is the substance of both justification and holiness. In this groundbreaking study of pauls soteriology michael gorman builds on his influential cruciformity pauls narrative spirituality of the cross to argue that cruciformity is at its heart theoformity what the christian tradition has called theosis or participation in the life of god. Shareable link use the link below to share a full text version of this article with your friends and colleagues learn more. Faith love and action come together as theosis the taking on of the character of christ and so of god though constantly in conversation with other scholars gorman has a refreshingly original approach illuminating the lively theology of paul inhabiting the cruciform god clearly advances the field of pauline studies. Inhabiting the cruciform god continues gorman s innovative work toward a deeper interpretation of paul s definition of true holiness each chapter includes theological reflection on the contemporary meaning of the apostle s foundational message of kenosis justification and theosis
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