A Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and Participating in God

A Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and Participating in God

by Christopher R. J. Holmes


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This book gets at the heart of the Christian life by considering some of the great truths of God's existence. Christopher Holmes, an expert in contemporary theology, engages with the church fathers along with Augustine and Aquinas to offer a rich, accessible account of the triune God and the divine perfections. Holmes shows how we share in the life of God through imitation and participation and how the doctrines of the triune God and the divine attributes shape our understanding of the Christian life. Throughout, Holmes demonstrates the importance of theology for Christian faith and practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540964694
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Christopher R. J. Holmes (ThD, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) is associate professor in systematic theology and head of the theology program at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is the author of a number of books, including The Holy Spirit and The Lord Is Good.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Part 1

1 The Existence of God and the Christian Life 3


How Do We Know That God Exists?

Spiritual Sight

2 The Manner of God's Existence and the Christian Life 18

Sense Perception?


Moses's Example

Familiarity with God

The Soul's Elevation in Prayer

Ascetical Existence

"The Moral Race Course" of the Baptized

3 Perfection and the Christian Life 43

The Likeness of God

Is Christ Perfect?


The Father's Invisibility

A Light Yoke

4 Infinity and the Christian Life 62

Angelic Existence

The Bodiless God

The Trinitarian Dimension

God as Ever Greater

The Love of God

Devotion and the Doctrine of God

The Perennial Relevance of 1 Corinthians 15:28

5 Immutability and the Christian Life 81


The Way of Life

True Worship

The Unchanging God

On Not Diverging from God


Friendship with God

Part 2

6 The Hypostatic Union and the Christian Life 105

Believing Agency and Being

The Great Difference

Superiority to the Demonic

Living the Divine Life

7 Virtue and the Christian Life 125


Theological Existence

The Holy Spirit

God's Renown


8 Church and the Christian Life 144

The One Foundation

A Fruitful Death

The Grace of Prayer

Conclusion 155

Scripture and Ancient Writings Index 161

Author Index 167

Subject Index 169

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