On Christology

John Donne

John Donne

“Twas much that man was made like God before;/But that God should be made like man—much more.” —John Donne

“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. . . . If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing that the whole story has been about.” —C. S. Lewis, Miracles (chapter xiv)

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About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

3 Responses to On Christology

  1. Greg Logan says:

    Doug, Admittedly, I find that approach reading a bit too much into Lewis’ statement – and see Lewis reading far too much in the scripture that we have which makes nothing of an incarnated deity – and everything of who God designated the man Christ Jesus to be – which is reflected in the “in Whom I am well-pleased” statement noted above (though from a mortal’s viewpoint, the resurrection is still looking pretty good…:-) ).

    Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Acts 2:30-36

    But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name John 20:31

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  2. Doug Geivett says:

    I believe Lewis was not referring to a single dated event in time and history when asserting that the Incarnation is the central “event.” This is not a reference to the Virgin Birth of Jesus, but to the whole phenomenon of Jesus’ incarnate existence. This would certainly include the most significant miracle in history, namely, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! Surely, Lewis would agree. This is clear from his own writings.

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  3. Greg Logan says:

    With due respect to Mr. Lewis – the central miracle of Christianity is the resurrection of a man from the dead…. Though one might well argue that the anointing of said man by his total pleasing of God would supersede – and I can see that is a reasonable point!

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