By Kathryn Tanner
During the intensely intimate courting that arises among God and people within the incarnation of the be aware in Christ, God offers us the present of God's personal lifestyles. this easy declare presents the root for Kathryn Tanner's strong research of the centrality of Jesus Christ for all Christian proposal and existence: if the divine and the human are united in Christ, then Jesus may be noticeable as key to the development that organizes the complete, even whereas God's methods stay past our grab. Drawing at the background of Christian concept to increase an leading edge Christ-centered theology, this publication sheds clean gentle on significant theological matters reminiscent of the imago dei, the connection among nature and beauty, the Trinity's implications for human neighborhood, and the Spirit's demeanour of operating in human lives. initially added as Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, it bargains an artistic and compelling contribution to modern theology.
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Gregory of Nyssa, “On the Making of Man,” trans. ), Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, vol. V, Second Series (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1994), p. 405. HUMAN NATURE participation in the Word that comes from being an intelligent creature: they also knew the very Word of God by way of its presence to them. 40 By partaking of the Word their natural mortality as creatures was kept at bay and they had for their own the very incorruptibility of God. ’”41 Augustine makes similar claims. The fact that humans in the Garden of Eden enjoyed goodness, wisdom, and happiness can mean only that they participated in the very goodness, wisdom, and blessedness of God at their creation.
Cyril outlines the basic shape of the narrative of creation, fall, and redemption in Christ that results: in the beginning … the creator of all, taking dust of the ground and having formed man, breathed upon his face the breath of life. And what is the breath of life, save surely the Spirit of Christ …? 87 One might account for the loss of both Word and Spirit in my terms by saying that, although we were images of God in the strong senses of both having the divine image within us and being shaped into a human version of it through the power of the Spirit, we were not yet at our creation images through those gifts in the strongest possible fashion because of some immaturity in our reception of 85 86 87 Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John, Book 5, chapter 2, p.
From prideful wisdom one falls into simple stupidity. All that is left is a weak image in the weakest sense – human capacities themselves as the image of God without that divine Spirit of the Word’s own goodness and truth that allows them to be exercised excellently. Jesus Christ, the perfect human image of God because the perfect divine image, brings human life in himself back to its perfect beginning – the perfect beginning that in a sense never was – so that it might be achieved in a way not susceptible of loss.
Christ the Key (Current Issues in Theology) by Kathryn Tanner