Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter by Stephen H. Webb

Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter

byStephen H. Webb

Kobo ebook | December 16, 2011

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In this groundbreaking study, Stephen H. Webb offers a new theological understanding of the material and spiritual: that, far from being contradictory, they unite in the very stuff of the eternal Jesus Christ. Accepting matter as a perfection (or predicate) of the divine requires a rethinking of the immateriality of God, the doctrine of creation out of nothing, the Chalcedonian formula of the person of Christ, and the analogical nature of religious language. It also requires a careful reconsideration of Augustine's appropriation of the Neo-Platonic understanding of divine incorporeality as well as Origen's rejection of anthropomorphism. Webb locates his position in contrast to evolutionary theories of emergent materialism and the popular idea that the world is God's body. He draws on a little known theological position known as the 'heavenly flesh' Christology, investigates the many misunderstandings of its origins and relation to the Monophysite movement, and supplements it with retrievals of Duns Scotus, Caspar Scwenckfeld and Eastern Orthodox reflections on the transfiguration. Also included in Webb's study are discussions of classical figures like Barth and Aquinas as well as more recent theological proposals from Bruce McCormack, David Hart, and Colin Gunton. Perhaps most provocatively, the book argues that Mormonism provides the most challenging, urgent, and potentially rewarding source for metaphysical renewal today. Webb's concept of Christian materialism challenges traditional Christian common sense, and aims to show the way to a more metaphysically sound orthodoxy.
Title:Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of MatterFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190208554

ISBN - 13:9780190208554

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