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The Metaphysics of the Incarnation$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583164.001.0001

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The humanity of God

The humanity of God

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The Metaphysics of the Incarnation

Brian Leftow (Contributor Webpage)

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One can defend the claim that a timeless God can be incarnate by construing the Incarnation as the forming of a composite whose parts are timeless God the Son and a temporal body and soul—an approach with precedent in Aquinas and Ockham among others. This chapter defends this proposal against recent criticism by Thomas Senor and Richard Cross and suggests that a ‘parts’ christology is preferable to its alternatives whether or not God is temporal.

Keywords:   compositionalism, concretism, human nature, Platonism, Nestorianism, consciousness, identity, Trenton Merricks, embodiment, suffering

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