Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered
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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).
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Series: Current Issues in Theology
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Craig CrossWiseSan Antonio, TXAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent work at an upper-undergraduate levelJuly 17, 2011Craig CrossWiseSan Antonio, TXAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Crisp 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.