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Christ the Creator and the Creator Spirit: The Cosmic Drama of the Incarnation and the Remaking of Creation

Paul M. Blowers

in Drama of the Divine Economy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660414
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745980 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660414.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Christ the Creator and the Creator Spirit: The Cosmic Drama of the Incarnation and the Remaking of Creation

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Chapter 8 explores how early Christian theologians envisioned creation and recreation playing out in the ministries of Jesus and the Spirit. Not just the preexistent but the incarnate Son was active agent of creation and redemption. Patristic theologians thus interpreted individual phases of the incarnation in relation to the economy. Christ’s birth, baptism, miracles, and the whole cycle of his Passion constituted a rich matrix of “new creation” in patristic thought and imagery, with death itself depicted as being pacified and converted from the enemy of life to its vehicle. Jesus’s resurrection remade corporeality itself, and his ascension the capstone of his cosmic reconciliation. Further attention is given to the uniquely creative ministries of the Creator Spirit in patristic thought, analyzed under the rubrics of “animating”, “sanctifying”, “beautifying”, and “perfecting”. The upshot, then, is a panoramic perspective on the drama of the triune Creator’s initiative in enacting the new creation.

Keywords: incarnation; miracles of Jesus; baptism of Jesus; passion; death; resurrection; ascension; creator spirit

Chapter.  35190 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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