Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology

Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology

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By (author) Marilyn McCord Adams, Series edited by Iain R. Torrance, Series edited by David Ford, Series edited by Bryan D. Spinks, Series edited by Kathryn Tanner, Series edited by John Webster

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 26mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521866820
  • ISBN 13: 9780521866828
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,575,758

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Who would the Saviour have to be, what would the Saviour have to do to rescue human beings from the meaning-destroying experiences of their lives? This 2006 book offers a systematic Christology that is at once biblical and philosophical. Starting with human radical vulnerability to horrors such as permanent pain, sadistic abuse or genocide, it develops what must be true about Christ if He is the horror-defeater who ultimately resolves all the problems affecting the human condition and Divine-human relations. Distinctive elements of Marilyn McCord Adams' study are her defence of the two-natures theory, of Christ as Inner Teacher and a functional partner in human flourishing, and her arguments in favour of literal bodily resurrection (Christ's and ours) and of a strong doctrine of corporeal Eucharistic presence. The book concludes that Christ is the One in Whom, not only Christian doctrine, but cosmos, church, and the human psyche hold together.

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Marilyn McCord Adams is Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. She has published extensively in academic philosophy and theology.

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'...a rich and provocative text.' Theology

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Christology as natural theology; 2. Posing the problems; 3. Sharing the horrors; 4. Psychologizing the person; 5. Recovering the metaphysics; 6. Learning the meanings; 7. Cosmic coherence: the primacy of Christ; 8. Resurrection and renewal; 9. Horrors and holocausts, sacrifices and priests; 10. Christ in the sacrament of the altar.