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

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Edited by Stephen T. Davis, Edited by S.J. Daniel Kendall, Edited by S.J. Gerald O'Collins

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 27mm | 717g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199248451
  • ISBN 13: 9780199248452
  • Illustrations note: 8pp halftones

Product description

This interdisciplinary study follows an international and ecumenical meeting of twenty-four scholars held in New York at Easter 2000: the Incarnation Summit. After an opening chapter, which summarizes and evaluates twelve major questions concerning the Incarnation, five chapters are dedicated to the biblical roots of this central Christian doctrine. A patristic and medieval section corrects misinterpretations and retrieves for today the significance of the Council of Chalcedon (451) and its aftermath, as well as clarifying Aquinas' enduring metaphysical interpretation of the Incarnation. The volume then moves to theological and philosophical debates: three scholars take up such systematic issues as belief in the Incarnation, the self-emptying that it involves, and its compatibility with divine timelessness. The remaining four essays consider the place of the doctrine of the Incarnation in literature, ethics, art, and preaching. There is a fruitful dialogue between experts in a wide range of areas and the international reputation of the participants reflects and guarantees the high quality of this joint work. The result is a well researched, skilfully argued, and, at times, provocative volume on the central Christian belief: the Incarnation of the Son of God.

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Author information

Stephen T. Davis is Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, Claremont McKenna College, California Daniel Kendall, S.J.is Professor of Theology, University of San Francisco Gerald O'Collins, S.J. is Professor of Systematic and Fundamental Theology, Gregorian University, Rome

Review quote

... it succeeds in demonstrating that a comprehensive rational case for the orthodox tradition can still be made, and remains a significant element of inter-Christian dialogue. The Journal of Theological Studies 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 Tablet

Table of contents

1. The Incarnation; Critical Issues; 2. THEOPHANY, ANTHROMORPHISM, AND THE IMAGO DEI: SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE INCARNATION IN THE LIGHT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT; 3. Jesus' Self-Understanding; 4. St Paul and the Incarnation: A Reassessment of the Data; 5. Romans 8: the Incarnation and its Redemptive Impact; 6. The Incarnation: The Jewish Milieu; 7. WHAT DOES CHALCEDON SOLVE AND WHAT DOES IT NOT?: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE STATUS AND MEANING OF THE CHALCEDONIAN 'DEFINITION'; 8. Nature and the 'Mode of Union': Late Patristic Models for the Personal Unity of Christ; 9. Aquinas' Metaphysics of the Incarnation; 10. WAS JESUS MAD, BAD, OR GOD?; 11. The Self-Emptying of Love: Some Thoughts on Kenotic Christology; 12. A Timeless God Incarnate; 13. A WORD MADE FLESH: INCARNATIONAL LANGUAGE AND THE WRITER; 14. The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics; 15. The Incarnation in Twentieth-Century Art; 16. The Incarnation in Selected Christmas Sermons