Should 2 Peter be seen as an example of “early catholicism”? According to Harink, maybe not. The themes of participation in the divine nature, the transfiguration of Christ, and a radical apocalyptic transformation of the world are all strikingly characteristic of Eastern Orthodox theology. Thus, perhaps we should see 2 Peter as a form of “early Orthodoxy”, the forerunner of this specific emphasis within the Christian tradition.
This also posits the possibility that the “exotic” — in Western eyes — themes of Eastern Orthodoxy have a far deeper connection to the New Testament witness than most Western Christians, particularly Protestants acknowledge.