The Metaphor of God Incarnate

The Metaphor of God Incarnate

In this groundbreaking work, John Hick refutes the traditional Christian understanding of Jesus of Nazareth.

Author: John Hick

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664230377

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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In this groundbreaking work, John Hick refutes the traditional Christian understanding of Jesus of Nazareth. According to Hick, Jesus did not teach what was to become the orthodox understanding of him: that he was God incarnate who became human to die for the sins of the world. Further, the traditional dogma of Jesus' two natures--human and divine--cannot be explained satisfactorily, and worse, it has been used to justify great human evils. Thus, the divine incarnation, he explains, is best understood metaphorically. Nevertheless, he concludes that Christians can still understand Jesus as Lord and the one who has made God real to us. This second edition includes new chapters on the Christologies of Anglican theologian John Macquarrie and Catholic theologian Roger Haight, SJ.
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The Metaphor of God Incarnate

The Metaphor of God Incarnate

Author: John Hick

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032836069

Category: Christianity and other religions

Page: 180

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Categories: Christianity and other religions

The Myth of God Incarnate

The Myth of God Incarnate

Author: John Hick

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: UOM:49015001245548

Category: Religion

Page: 211

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The Incarnation

The Incarnation

Incarnation. Language. as. 'Metaphorical'. John Hick's famous (or notorious) assertion in The Myth of God Incarnate that the idea of a God/man is 'as devoid ...

Author: Stephen T. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199275779

Category: Religion

Page: 404

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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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Death and Eternal Life

Death and Eternal Life

He is the author of numerous works , including A Christian Theology of Religions , God Has Many Names , and The Metaphor of God Incarnate : Christology in a ...

Author: John Hick

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664255094

Category: Religion

Page: 495

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In this cross-cultural, interdisciplinary study, John Hick draws upon major world religions, as well as biology, psychology, parapsychology, anthropology, and philosophy, to explore the mystery of death. He argues that scientific and philosophical objections to the idea of survival after death can be challenged, and he claims that human inadequacy in facing suffering supports the basic religious argument for immortality.
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John Hick

John Hick

The Metaphor of God Incarnate,p.27. 66 Hick, Disputed Questions in Theology and the Philosophy of Religion,p.38. 67 Ibid. 68 See, for example, 'The Logic of ...

Author: David Cheetham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351925129

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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John Hick is considered to be one of the greatest living philosophers of religion. Hick's philosophical journey has culminated in the grand proposal that we should see all the major world religions as equally valid responses to the same ultimate reality (the 'Real'). This book presents a critical introduction to John Hick's speculative theology and philosophy. The book begins where Hick began, with the problems of religious language, and ends where Hick is now, exploring the questions of religious plurality. Incorporating early aspects that Hick himself would now wish to qualify, as well as explanations that reflect Hick's present focus, Cheetham offers some speculative reflections of his own on key topics, highlighting Hick's influence on contemporary theology and philosophy of religion. All those studying the work of this great philosopher and theologian will find this new introduction offers an invaluable overview along with fresh critical insight.
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John Hick s Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions

John Hick   s Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions

189–90 ; Stiver , review of Metaphor of God Incarnate , 181 ; Norman Anderson , The Mystery of the Incarnation , 70-8 . See McCready , “ Disintegration of ...

Author: Paul R. Eddy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725235779

Category: Philosophy

Page: 254

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According to John Hick's model of religious pluralism, all the world's great religions present equally valid ways of understanding and responding to the same ultimate Reality. This book offers an exposition of, and critical response to, Hick's model. Following an introductory chapter that surveys dominant approaches to religious diversity, the rise and development of Hick's pluralist interpretation of religions is traced. Finally, a critical assessment of Hick's mature pluralist model is offered. The conclusion: Hick's model is ultimately unsuccessful in overcoming the pluralist's most difficult conceptual problem, namely providing an adequate account of the fact that the world's religions understand the divine Reality in often contradictory ways. Ultimately, Hick's own solution threatens two of his long-cherished goals: a robust religious realism and a tradition-neutral religious pluralism.
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Kierkegaard s Vision of the Incarnation

Kierkegaard s Vision of the Incarnation

The principal thesis of The Metaphor of God Incarnate may be stated very simply . Hick contends that the claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate is ...

Author: Murray A. Rae

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198269404

Category: Philosophy

Page: 267

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In this study of the works of S�ren Kierkegaard, Murray Rae focuses on his understanding of the Christian faith and the nature of Christian conversion. He looks particularly at the transformation of an individual under the impact of revelation in terms both of the New Testament concept of metanoia and in comparison with claims to cognitive progress in other fields.
Categories: Philosophy

Newman and the Word

Newman and the Word

51 The doctrine of the incarnation means that Christianity regards itself as “ the only religion to have been founded by God in person .

Author: Terrence Merrigan

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9042909218

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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The 'Word' was at the heart of John Henry Newman's endeavors as a preacher and writer, and the 'Word made flesh' was the primary object of his faith as a Christian. In this collection of essays, theologians, philosophers, historians and literary scholars reflect on Newman's engagement with the 'Word' and relate his thought to contemporary developments in their disciplines. The topics discussed include Newman's understanding of the nature of faith and the church, his standing as an ecumenist and a philosopher, and the significance of his literary and theological work in relation to postmodernism. This collection constitues a thoroughgoing and critical analysis of Newman's reputation as a master of the 'Word', both written and proclaimed, and of his status as a thinker of contemporary significance.
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Exploring Kenotic Christology

Exploring Kenotic Christology

He is our sufficient model of true humanity in a perfect relationship to God ? 32 By 1993 , Hick prefers to speak of the Incarnation as a metaphor rather ...

Author: C. Stephen Evans

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199283222

Category: Religion

Page: 348

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This collection of essays, by a team of Christian philosophers, theologians, and biblical scholars, explores the viability of a kenotic account of the incarnation. Such an account is inspired by Paul's lyrical claims in Philippians 2:6-11 that Christ Jesus, though God in nature, 'emptied himself' or 'made himself nothing' by becoming human. The biblical support for such a view can be found throughout the four gospels and the book of Hebrews, as well as in other places. A kenotic account takes seriously the possibility that Christ, in becoming incarnate, temporarily divested himself of such properties as omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. Several of the contributors argue that this view is fully orthodox, and that it has great strengths in giving us a picture of a God who is willing to become completely vulnerable for the sake of human beings, and one that is completely consistent with the very human portrait of Jesus in the New Testament. The proponents of kenotic Christology argue that the philosophical accounts of God's nature that have led to rejection of this theory ought themselves to be subjected to criticism in light of the biblical data. Some essays test the theory by raising critical questions and arguing that traditional accounts of the incarnation can achieve the goals of kenotic theories as well as kenotic theories can. The book also explores the implications of a kenotic view of the incarnation for philosophical theology in general and the doctrine of the Trinity in particular, and it concludes with essays that examine the validity of the ideal of kenosis for women, and a challenge to traditional Christology to take a kenotic theory seriously. Book jacket.
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Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Philosophy

Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Philosophy

John Hick, The Metaphor of God Incarnate, (London: SCM Press, 1993), IX. The other reasons that Hick has in mind are: firstly, Hick believes that the ...

Author: Adnan Aslan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136110108

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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The philosophy of religion and theology are related to the culture in which they have developed. These disciplines provide a source of values and vision to the cultures of which they are part, while at the same time they are delimited and defined by their cultures. This book compares the ideas of two contemporary philosophers, John Hick and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, on the issues of religion, religions, the concept of the ultimate reality, and the notion of sacred knowledge. On a broader level, it compares two world-views: the one formed by Western Christian culture, which is religious in intention but secular in essence; the other Islamic, formed through the assimilation of traditional wisdom, which is turned against the norms of secular culture and is thus religious both in intention and essence.
Categories: Social Science

Anthropomorphic Depictions of God

Anthropomorphic Depictions of God

The Concept of God in Judaic, Christian and Islamic Traditions : Representing the Unrepresentable ... 159 Hick, The Metaphor of God Incarnate, p.34.

Author: Zulfiqar Ali Shah

Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

ISBN: 9781565645752

Category: Anthropomorphism

Page: 727

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This monumental study examines issues of anthropomorphism in the three Abrahamic Faiths, as viewed through the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur’an. Throughout history Christianity and Judaism have tried to make sense of God. While juxtaposing the Islamic position against this, the author addresses the Judeo-Christian worldview and how each has chosen to framework its encounter with God, to what extent this has been the result of actual scripture and to what extent the product of theological debate, or church decrees of later centuries and absorption of Hellenistic philosophy. Shah also examines Islam’s heavily anti-anthropomorphic stance and Islamic theological discourse on Tawhid as well as the Ninety-Nine Names of God and what these have meant in relation to Muslim understanding of God and His attributes. Describing how these became the touchstone of Muslim discourse with Judaism and Christianity he critiques theological statements and perspectives that came to dilute if not counter strict monotheism. As secularism debates whether God is dead, the issue of anthropomorphism has become of immense importance. The quest for God, especially in this day and age, is partly one of intellectual longing. To Shah, anthropomorphic concepts and corporeal depictions of the Divine are perhaps among the leading factors of modern atheism. As such he ultimately draws the conclusion that the postmodern longing for God will not be quenched by pre-modern anthropomorphic and corporeal concepts of the Divine which have simply brought God down to this cosmos, with a precise historical function and a specified location, reducing the intellectual and spiritual force of what God is and represents, causing the soul to detract from a sense of the sacred and thereby belief in Him.
Categories: Anthropomorphism

The Myriad Christ

The Myriad Christ

It also leads inevitably to the “ degree ” Christology which is very evident in The Metaphor of God Incarnate . According to this view , Jesus might well ...

Author: Terrence Merrigan

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9042909005

Category: Religion

Page: 612

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"Papers gathered here are the fruit of an international congress held at the Faculty of Theology of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 18-21 November, 1997."--Pref.
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Retrieving Apologetics

Retrieving Apologetics

as metaphors of god incarnate, these ideas can, and did, readily develop into a ... 162 in short, a myth is a much-expanded metaphor. how then are myths and ...

Author: Glenn B. Siniscalchi

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498228459

Category: Religion

Page: 287

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Given the popes' recent statements of their desires to implement the New Evangelization, it is imperative that Catholic theologians and other intellectually engaged laypersons retrieve the vital discipline of apologetics. For, the New Evangelization places particular emphasis on ""reproposing the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith . . . due to secularization."" One salient method of Catholic apologetics used to be characterized by three demonstrations, each of which assumes the conclusions established in the previous step(s). Some might think that this classical method of apologetics has been abandoned in the postconciliar Church, but Siniscalchi's book updates it. Unlike the classical apologetics of the preconciliar era, Siniscalchi engages contemporary scholarship in a variety of academic disciplines, such as philosophy, history, biblical studies, sociology, and theology, to develop the steps that are necessary for showing the reasonableness of faith. ""This is an accessible, well-researched, and fairly-argued case for apologetics as a necessary component of Catholic and, indeed, of all Christian theology. It deserves a very wide readership."" --Gerald O'Collins, SJ, Professor Emeritus, Gregorian University ""Siniscalchi does not only write about apologetics; he actually does apologetics, and does it at a high level. The combination of an erudite and accurate plea for the theological importance of apologetics, and charitable arguments for the truth of the Catholic faith, makes this book uniquely important. As he makes clear, theologians are responsible for ensuring that their research does not solely serve an ivory tower."" --Matthew Levering, Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary ""Siniscalchi's book has many virtues. One that is especially noteworthy has to do with the cultures of philosophy and Catholic systematic theology. In the past fifty years these cultures have split apart. . . . This book helps bring those cultures more in line with one another and is definitely a step in the right direction."" --Alfred J. Freddoso, Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies, University of Notre Dame ""According to Vatican II, the chief remedy for modern unbelief is 'to be sought in the proper presentation of the Church's teaching' and 'the witness of a living and mature faith' (Gaudium et Spes, 21). In this rich and wise new book, Glenn Siniscalchi offers Christians a complete course in how to acquire both. It is an honor to recommend a work of apologetics that is so well informed by history and theology."" --Stephen Bullivant, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, St. Mary's University, UK Glenn B. Siniscalchi (PhD, Duquesne) is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio.
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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

usual human characteristics, and yet also as “the embodiment or incarnation of God.”85 He explains that there are basically two different ways of ...

Author: Matthew Fox

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738731650

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 408

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For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait ofJesus—as a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church's conception of Jesus as Christ. The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism—while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination. Praise: "Townsend uses Jesus to initiate dialogue, and he does so in way that is accepting and inclusive of many understandings and interpretations of Jesus, his purpose, and his relevance (or irrelevance) in the religious practices of contemporary Pagans." —Huffington Post "This work admirably promotes understanding between belief systems that have a sometimes uneasy relationship."—Publishers Weekly
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Fidelity with Plausibility

Fidelity with Plausibility

See Hick, The Metaphor of God Incarnate , pp. 17-18, for example. 23 Hick, "An Inspiration Christology for a Religiously Plural World," p. 36. 24.

Author: Wesley J. Wildman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791435962

Category: Religion

Page: 441

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Interprets the history of Christology as being defined by a central distinction between those who assign to Christ an absolute role and those who do not. Wildman (theology, Boston U.) argues for the latter, what he calls "modest", view. He claims that modest Christologies are more faithful to the actual history of Christological development than are absolutist ones, and that the absolutist view can be shown to be incongruous with much that we have come to know about human history and the cosmos. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Philosophical Theology and Christian Doctrine

Philosophical Theology and Christian Doctrine

John Hick, The Metaphor ofGod Incarnate (London: SCM Press, 1993). ... The Truth of God Incarnate (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1977).

Author: Brian Hebblethwaite

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405137799

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Philosophical Theology and Christian Doctrine surveys and comments on recent work by philosophers of religion in the analytic tradition on the doctrines of the Christian creed. Topics covered include creation, Incarnation, Trinity, salvation and eschatology, and the ultimate future of creation. Comprehensive survey of core Christian doctrines
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Crucified and Resurrected

Crucified and Resurrected

M. Green, ed., The Truth of God Incarnate (London: Hodder, 1977). G. M. Newlands's literary review of The Myth of God Incarnate (New Studies in Theology 1 ...

Author: Ingolf U. Dalferth

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493400119

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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This major work, now available in English, is considered by many to be one of the finest and most significant contributions to modern Christology. Preeminent scholar and theologian Ingolf Dalferth argues for a radical reorientation of Christology for historical, hermeneutical, and theological reasons. He defends an orthodox vision of Christology in the context of a dialogue with modernity, showing why the resurrection, not the incarnation, ought to be the central idea of Christological thinking. His proposal is both pneumatological and Trinitarian, and addresses themes such as soteriology, the doctrine of atonement, and preaching.
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Jesus in History Thought and Culture

Jesus in History  Thought  and Culture

On this metaphorical understanding of incarnation, God wants to become incarnate in the lives of us all, but depends upon a free human response to bring ...

Author: James Leslie Houlden

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576078563

Category: Religion

Page: 984

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Nearly two hundred alphabetically arranged entries cover such topics as Christian worship and prayer, interactions of Christianity with other world faiths, and Christian beliefs.
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Encountering Religious Pluralism

Encountering Religious Pluralism

40 Hick developed the metaphorical understanding of incarnation within a pluralistic context more fully in The Metaphor of God Incarnate ( 1993 ) .

Author: Harold Netland

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083081552X

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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Harold Netland traces the emergence of the pluralistic ethos that challenges Christian faith and mission, interacting heavily with philosopher John Hick and providing a framework for developing a comprehensive evangelical theology of religions.
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