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The Marks of an Incarnate God

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257461
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257469.003.0004
 The Marks of an Incarnate God

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If God became incarnate in order to provide atonement for human sins, to identify with our suffering, and to reveal truth, he would need to live a certain sort of life. He would need to live a perfectly good life (culminated perhaps by a perfect death), provide moral and theological guidance, show that he believed himself to be God Incarnate, teach that that life (with his death) provided a means of atonement, and found a church to continue his work. God would need also to put his signature on that life by culminating it with a super‐miracle. Of no prophet in human history, with the possible exception of Jesus, is there good evidence that he led the requisite sort of life culminated in the right way.

Keywords: atonement; incarnation; miracle; perfection; revelation

Chapter.  5287 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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