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Hegel and Christian TheologyA Reading of the Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion$
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Peter C. Hodgson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199273618.001.0001

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Christ and Reconciliation

Christ and Reconciliation

(p.155) 8 Christ and Reconciliation
Hegel and Christian Theology

Peter C. Hodgson (Contributor Webpage)

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Hegel locates the focal point of reconciliation and redemption in the figure of Jesus Christ, in whom the unity of divine and human nature is believed to be definitively accomplished. He attempts to establish by philosophical arguments the possibility, necessity, and actuality of the incarnation of God in a single and specific human being. That Jesus of Nazareth is this person is a claim of faith, but it is a claim corroborated by the historical evidence of his life, teaching, and death. Viewed historically, his crucifixion is the death of a criminal; but viewed religiously, it is the death of God—a point on which Hegel places considerable emphasis since it is only by undergoing death (as the pinnacle of finitude) that God overcomes it. The resurrection of Christ symbolizes the triumph of highest love over deepest anguish and the transition from a single individual to the community of faith.

Keywords:   reconciliation, redemption, incarnation, Christ, Jesus, crucifixion, death, resurrection

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