- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 202 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 16mm | 299g
- Publication date: 1 April 2007
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 052169535X
- ISBN 13: 9780521695350
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 383,365
The doctrine of the Incarnation lies at the heart of Christianity. But the idea that 'God was in Christ' has become a much-debated topic in modern theology. Oliver Crisp addresses six key issues in the Incarnation defending a robust version of the doctrine, in keeping with classical Christology. He explores perichoresis, or interpenetration, with reference to both the Incarnation and Trinity. Over two chapters Crisp deals with the human nature of Christ and then provides an argument against the view, common amongst some contemporary theologians, that Christ had a fallen human nature. He considers the notion of divine kenosis or self-emptying, and discusses non-Incarnational Christology, focusing on the work of John Hick. This view denies Christ is God Incarnate, regarding him as primarily a moral exemplar to be imitated. Crisp rejects this alternative account of the nature of Christology.
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Oliver D. Crisp is Lecturer in Theology at the University of Bristol. He is author of Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (2005).
'Crisp provides a helpful field-guide to 20th-century Christological experiments.' Church Times 'I can highly recommend this study. It does not give clear-cut answers to many questions, but its great merit is that it questions many too easy solutions.' Journal of Reformed Theology
Table of contents
Introduction; 1. Problems with perichoresis; 2. The human nature of Christ; 3. The anhypostasia-enhypostasia distinction; 4. Did Christ have a fallen human nature?; 5. Divine kenosis; 5. Non-Incarnational Christology.