The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

Paperback | August 19, 2004

EditorStephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall SJ, Gerald OCollins SJ

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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 dedicatedto 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 (AD 451) and its aftermath, as well as clarifying Aquinas' enduring metaphysical interpretation of theIncarnation. 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 ofthe 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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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 dedicatedto the biblical roots of this central Christ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:August 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Gerald O'Collins, S.J.: The Incarnation; Critical Issues2. J. Andrew Dearman: Theophany, Anthromorphism, and the Imago Dei: Some Observations about the incarnation in the Light of the Old Testament3. N.T. Wright: Jesus' Self-Understanding4. Gordon D. Fee: St Paul and the Incarnation: A Reassessment of the Data5. Jean-Noel Aletti, S.J.: Romans 8: the Incarnation and its Redemptive Impact6. Alan F. Segal: The Incarnation: The Jewish Milieu7. Sarah Coakley: What Does Chalcedon Solve and What Does it Not?: Some Reflections on the Status and Meaning of the chalcedonian 'Definition'8. Brian E. Daley, S.J.: Nature and the 'Mode of Union': Late Patristic Models for the Personal Unity of Christ9. Eleonore Stump: Aquinas' Metaphysics of the Incarnation10. Stephen T. Davis: Was Jesus Mad, Bad, or God?11. C. Stephen Evans: The Self-Emptying of Love: Some Thoughts on Kenotic Christology12. Brian Leftow: A Timeless God Incarnate13. Kathleen Norris: A Word Made Flesh: Incarnational Language and the Writer14. Linda Zagzebski: The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics15. David Brown: The Incarnation in Twentieth-Century Art16. Marguerite Shuster: The Incarnation in Selected Christmas Sermons

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`... 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