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Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter

Stephen H. Webb


This book is the first to reconstruct the obscure origins of Heavenly Flesh Christology, examine its implications, and defend it from the charge of heresy. More importantly, this book uses this Christology to re‐examine theology's commitment to the metaphysics of immaterialism. After surveying ancient metaphysical debates and the contemporary insights of physics about the nature of matter, the author argues that theology needs to reconsider the relationship of spirit to matter, beginning with a new, post-Platonic understanding of the eternal body of Jesus Christ. The result is a defense of an ... More

Keywords: heavenly flesh, Christology, immaterialism, metaphysics, anthropomorphism, Barth, Aquinas, Scotus, Schwenckfeld, Monophysitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen H. Webb, author
Wabash College