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Author Spence, Alan J
Title Incarnation and Inspiration : John Owen and the Coherence of Christology
Imprint London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2007
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (184 pages)
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Series Criminal Practice Ser
Criminal Practice Ser
Note Cover -- Half-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- 1. Two Ways of Thinking about Christ: Incarnation or Inspiration -- The prayers offesus -- Incarnational christology -- Inspirational christology -- Compatibility and the witness of tradition -- fohn Owen -- 2. Incarnation: The Son Assumes Human Nature -- The writing o/Christologia -- Christ as the way of our knowing -- The context in which Christ is known -- The wisdom of God and the person of Christ -- The appropriateness of the incarnation -- The pre-existent Son -- God's eternal counsels -- The agent of the incarnation -- The Word became flesh -- The assumption of human nature -- Anhypostasia -- The hypostatic union -- The natures distinguished -- Interaction between the natures -- 3. Inspiration: The Spirit Renews God's Image in Christ's Human Nature -- Quakers and Socinians -- The Spirit in the Christian life -- The Spirit in nature and in grace -- Christ as the foundation and goal of the Spirit's work -- Firstborn among many brothers -- The Spirit's work in Jesus -- Inspiration and incarnation -- Master-stories -- Integrity of the person -- 4. The Mediator: One Person Acting in Two Natures -- Athanasius - The incarnation of the Word of God -- Anselm - Why was God made man? -- Calvin - Incorporating both perspectives -- The office of Mediator -- The person of the Mediator -- From Logos to Mediator -- The Mediator as subject of the incarnate life -- Evaluation -- 5. The Son and the Father: Of the Same Being -- Introduction of the homoousion -- Arian christology -- The Athanasian alternative -- TheSocinians -- Owen's response -- Conclusion -- 6. The Son and the Children: An 'Autokinetic' Human Nature -- The relation between the natures -- The Apollinarian solution -- An alternative account -- The nature of Christ's humanity
The self consciousness of Jesus -- Conclusion -- 7. Trinitarian Agency: The Son and the Spirit as Distinct Agents -- Our knowledge of God as Triune -- The essence of the doctrine -- Opera Trinitatis ad extra sunt indivisa -- Distinct principles of operation -- Resolution -- Consistent? -- Strictures on the tradition -- New possibilities -- 8. Conclusion -- The problem of christohgy -- Owen and the coherence of Chalcedon -- Coherence and modern christohgy -- Bibliography -- Index
Through engagement with the historical debate Incarnation and Inspiration offers a systematic exposition of the person of Jesus that brings together dissonant aspects of the tradition. It serves as an introduction to the theology to John Owen, the most able of the Puritan theologians and provides a way of understanding the theological dynamic underlying the Christology of the Fathers and the Definition of Chalcedon. Through its emphasis on coherence it seeks to illuminate the inner rationality of God's triune being and his mission among us through the Son and Spirit. Incarnation and inspiration are concepts which can be used to characterize two quite different ways of thinking about Christ. Although the history of doctrine suggests they are mutually exclusive, John Owen's theology effectively integrates them in one coherent Christology. The underlying structure of his exposition is that of incarnation, whereby the Son willingly assumed human nature into personal subsistence with himself. But his distinctive idea was that the divine Son acted on his own human nature indirectly and by means of the Holy Spirit. The foundation of the Spirit's distinctive work was the renewal of the image of God in the humanity of Christ, which the Spirit formed, sanctified, empowered, comforted and glorified. Owen thus affirmed an inspirational Christology within the framework of an Alexandrian interpretation of the incarnation. The coherence of this account is tested with respect to four areas of concern. Firstly, can a Christology which affirms the distinct operation of Christ's two natures successfully maintain the unity of his personal action? Secondly, is nature or ontological language too static to model the dynamic reality of Christ? Thirdly, is Owen justified in arguing that, other than in its assumption, the divine Son acts on his own human nature only
indirectly and by means of the Spirit? Fourthly, does Owen's interpretation of the distinct action of the Trinitarian persons undermine the doctrine of the indivisibility of their external operations? Finally the significance of Owen's Christology is considered in relation to the Definition of Chalcedon and to modern theology
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Spence, Alan J. Incarnation and Inspiration : John Owen and the Coherence of Christology London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,c2007 9780567045379
Subject Owen, John, -- 1616-1683.;Jesus Christ -- Person and offices.;Jesus Christ -- History of doctrines -- 17th century
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