The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

Synopsis

'A valuable collection of reflection on the origins of Christian belief in the incarnation, and of its consequences and presentation in the modern world... its division into manageable-sized essays makes it possible for the busy preacher to pick it up and read it in stages.' -Church of England Newspaper'This is a weighty and richly rewarding book, worthy of a place alongside the best twentieth-century monographs and volumes of essays on the greatest mystery of all.' -Brian Horne, The Tablet'Impressive not only in its unity but also in its depth of scholarship.' -Brian Horne, The TabletTwenty-four scholars from different universities, churches, and continents gathered in New York at Easter 2000 for the Incarnation Summit, a meeting exploring the belief that Jesus is the Son of God who took on the human condition. The scholars are experts in different fields; the Bible, ancient Christian writers, ancient Jewish writers, theology, philosophy, literature, modern art, and preaching. This book is the result of that meeting: a well-researched, skilfully argued, and, at times, provocative volume on the central Christian belief: the Incarnation of the Son of God.

Excerpt

From the beginning of the twentieth century monographs on the incarnation, or belief that the Son/Word of God personally assumed a fully human existence at the time of Emperor Augustus, have appeared at regular intervals. In particular, since the Second World War ended in 1945, this central Christian doctrine has been examined and expounded by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Barth, G. S. Hendry, John Hick, Bernard Lonergan, W. R. Matthews, Jürgen Moltmann. T. V. Morris, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Norman Pittenger, Karl Rahner, Paul Tillich, T. F. Torrance, and others. Biblical and historical studies by such writers as J. D. G. Dunn, Alois Grillmeier, Richard Hanson, J. N. D. Kelly, C. F. D. Moule, Jaroslav Pelikan, and Rowan Williams have enriched scholarly appreciation of the origins and development of belief in the incarnation.

Theological reflection on the incarnation could be enhanced by more symposia, especially those of an interdisciplinary character. But, to say the least, there have not been many such symposia. A collaborative work edited by John Hick, The Myth of God Incarnate (London: SCM Press, 1977) was a welcome exception. Its sequel, edited by Michael Goulder, Incarnation and Myth: The Debate Continued (London: SCM Press, 1979) proved an even more fruitful and stringent interchange. Over twenty years later, at the start of the third millennium, it seemed worthwhile gathering experts in a variety of disciplines (biblical studies, ancient Christian writers, ancient Jewish writers, theology, philosophy, preaching, literature, and the fine arts) from three continents to explore collaboratively the incarnation. Hence we brought together twenty-one other specialists, many of whom have already published works on different aspects of the specific Christian belief in the incarnation. We managed to secure papers, sometimes more than one paper, in all these fields.

To promote advance discussion and establish stronger connecting . . .

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