Divine Becoming: Rethinking Jesus and Incarnation

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Fortress Press - 197 páginas

The universally human element of Jesus' incarnation

Despite the feverish pace of publishing in historical Jesus studies, biblical scholars and theologians have not notably progressed in addressing the meaning and significance of the figure of Jesus in ways credible for contemporary persons.

In this creative and insightful work, Burns seeks to understand the significance of Jesus and his incarnation through the category of participation. The central theological claims in the traditional concept of incarnation are anchored and illumined by Jesus' particular ability for empathy, sympathy, attunement, and entrainment. This notion, derived from the psychological research of Daniel Stern, allows Burns to show that incarnation — the capacity to participate in the life of others — is present not only in Jesus but to some extent in all people and in all religions. It further illumines features of God's trinitarian life and our lifelong journey into God (deification).

 

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Índice

Was Jesus God?
1
Jesus and Incarnation
6
The Capacity for Incarnation
10
A Road Map
13
Integrating Theology and Culture
18
The Question of Incarnation
20
The Many Incarnations of God
22
Incarnation in a Christian Key
29
The Empathic Relational Human
91
Developmental Psychology and Selves in Infancy
93
Entrainment and Altruism in Nature
106
Drawing Near to a Theological Anthropology
112
The Incarnation as Participation
115
Fully Human
116
Fully Divine
127
The Incarnate God
134

A Short History of Christology
38
From Nazareth to Chalcedon
39
Deification Incarnation and the Energies of God
51
Western Revisions of the Chalcedonian Paradigm
54
Conclusion
67
The Empathic Relational God
69
A Mutable God
75
Gods Fellowship with Humanity
88
Fully Human and Fully Divine
139
Participation in Good and Evil
147
Creating Compassionate Community
148
Learned Compassion in Buddhism
149
Sin and Evil in Participatory Creation
153
Notes
160
Index
193
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Charlene P. E. Burns is professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is the author of Divine Becoming: Rethinking Jesus and Incarnation (Fortress Press, 2001) and More Moral Than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and the editor of Mis/Representing Evil: Evil in an Interdisciplinary Key (Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, 2009).

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