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Jon Ruthven

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Jon Ruthven is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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Articles > Charismatic Theology > The "Imitation of Christ" in Christian Tradition

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Conclusion

    This paper should not be construed as an attempt to deny that normative NT discipleship contains none of the elements traditionally associated with the term today. Certainly, piety, meditation, self-sacrifice and moral behavior are legitimate expressions of an imitatio Christi. Nevertheless, the foregoing should indicate that a thorough review of the NT will demonstrate that our somewhat docetic traditional Christology as well as our unbiblical, evidentialist view of miracles, has contributed to an understanding of Christian discipleship that is shorn of its intended spiritual depth and power. Nothing is more crucial for the outcome of the Church than our understanding of the mission of Christ Jesus and our relation to it. Our view of the goals of discipleship has immediate implications for the direction in Christian development that we take ourselves, for our parishioners and for those in ministerial training.

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