The Metaphysics of the Incarnation: Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus

Paperback | December 14, 2005

byRichard Cross

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The period from Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus is one of the richest in the history of Christian theology. The Metaphysics of the Incarnation aims to provide a thorough examination of the doctrine in this era, making explicit its philosophical and theological foundations. Medieval theologiansbelieved that there were good reasons for supposing that Christ's human nature was an individual. In the light of this, Part 1 discusses how the various thinkers held that an individual nature could be united to a divine person. Part 2 shows how one divine person could be incarnate without anyother. Part 3 deals with questions of Christological predication, and Part 4 shows how an individual nature is to be distinguished from a person. The work begins with a full account of the metaphysics presupposed in the medieval accounts, and concludes with observations relating medieval accounts tomodern Christology.

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The period from Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus is one of the richest in the history of Christian theology. The Metaphysics of the Incarnation aims to provide a thorough examination of the doctrine in this era, making explicit its philosophical and theological foundations. Medieval theologiansbelieved that there were good reasons for sup...

Richard Cross is Tutorial Fellow in Theology, Oriel College, and University Lecturer in Theology, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:378 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:December 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction. The philosophical problem: substance and natureI. Models for the hypostatic union1. The historical and philosophical background2. The concrete whole-concrete part model: pro et contra3. The substance-accident model: (1) Franciscans from Bonaventure to William of Ware4. The substance-accident model: (2) Giles of Rome and his opponents5. The substance-accident model: (3) Duns ScotusExcursus 1: Consequences of the unionII, Trinitarian issues6. Some points of Christological consensus7. The ratio terminandi: essence or personal property?III. The communication of properties8. Christological predication9. Relations and intrinsic properties10. Christ's human activity: agnecy and predicationExcursus 2: Counting persons and naturesIV. Theories of subsistence11. The historical background12. Esse theories of subsistence13. Relation theories of subsistence14. Negation theories of subsistence: (1) the thirteenth century15. Negation theories of subsistence: (2) Duns ScotusConclusion: a programme for Christology?

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`... valuable ... Cross has assembled a great deal of relevant material on the Incarnation, both the medieval sources, from Aquinas to Scotus and Olivi, and the modern literature thereon ... also written with an eye to the current literature and issues on Christology ... many insightfulcomments.'Ars Disputandi (http://www.arsdisputandi.org)