Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered  -     By: Oliver D. Crisp
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Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered

Cambridge University Press / 2007 / Paperback

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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.

Oliver has a BD in Systematic Theology and Church History from the University of Aberdeen, an MTh from Aberdeen, and a PhD from King's College, University of London. He taught theology at the University of St. Andrews from 2002-2004. He was the Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA (2004-2005), and has been a visiting lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver, BC (2005).

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 052169535X
ISBN-13: 9780521695350
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Series: Current Issues in Theology

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    Crisp explicates and promotes a Chalcedonian Christology in the first half of the book while defending this view against three attacks on this classical stance in the second half specifically: a proposition that Christ had a fallen human nature, modern kenosis theories, and a non-incarnational Christology. Crisp's explanation of "nature-perichoresis," which attempts to define the relationship between Christ's divine and human natures in hypostatic union, in chapter one, sets up his own "divine krypsis" in the chapter regarding kenosis. He shows the 'strong' view of kenosis (ontological) as being "serious and debilitating" while he terms the 'weak' view (functionalist) "not conventional." He handily defends Chalcedonian Christology in his critique of John Hick's doctrine of the Incarnation as identified in the titles of two of his books, "The Myth of God Incarnate" and its follow-up "The Metaphor of God Incarnate" in which Hick proffers this doctrine in his quest for religious pluralism. Crisp illustrates that Hick's view has difficulty being termed "Christian" since a non-Christian would have no trouble affirming Hick's doctrine.

    Not being a theology student myself, the book was a bit challenging requiring me to really study bits of it and to learn new terms in the process; however, I did not find the book a difficult read. Well done, I say.
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