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A Conclusion by Way of a Metaphysical Beginning

Stephen H. Webb

in Jesus Christ, Eternal God

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827954
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827954.003.0011
A Conclusion by Way of a Metaphysical Beginning

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This chapter calls for an interconnected understanding of spirit and matter, even as it admits that Christian theology cannot simply erase its Platonic heritage. After examining the importance of personhood for the foundation of metaphysics, it then argues that embodiment is essential for all notions of personhood. It draws from Marcel Sarot and Luco Van den Brom of the Utrecht school of philosophical theology as well as, once again, Karl Barth, to make the case that the body of Jesus Christ can advance our understanding of the relationship of God to the category of space. Jesus Christ, this chapter argues, is the space of God that enables God to operate in time and to create the world as the place where Christ can be made manifest and worshipped.

Keywords: Marcel Sarot; Luco Van den Brom; Utrecht school; space; personhood; metaphysics; Karl Barth

Chapter.  12124 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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