Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World

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Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World. By Jens Zimmermann. Downer's Grove, Illinois: 1 VP Academic, 2012. ISBN:978-0-8308-3903-2. 356 pages. Paper. $30.00.

This book is a response to the debilitating effects of secularism which increasingly cannot defend the value of reason, freedom, and human dignity apart from belief in God. Zimmermann claims that our response to such skepticism should be to remind the world that science, technology, and the above democratic ideals are rooted in Christian faith (26). It was early Christianity's "incarnational humanism," the view that God became human so that humanity can participate in God, which grounds life-affirming ideals (13, 53). Ultimately, then, these concepts are inferences about human nature as grounded ultimately in Cappacdocian trinitarianism. In contrast, nihilism stems from the opposition between thinking and being assumed by Kant. Zimmermann retrieves a Christian Platonism in which deifying participation in God reconceives mind and being as harmonious. …

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