Oliver D. Crisp

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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The incarnation is the central and defining event of Christian theology. The doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumes human nature, becoming a man, in order to bring about the salvation of fallen human beings lies at the heart of the traditional teaching of the church. Although concern for a creedally orthodox Christology has not always been of paramount importance to recent theologians, in the past quarter-century there has arisen a renewed interest in what might be called constructive and creedally orthodox accounts of the incarnation and, more broadly, the person of Christ. This article does not explore why this is the case, but focuses instead on the dogmatic content of this recent resurgence of creedally orthodox Christology.

Keywords: incarnation; Christian theology; Trinity; human nature; Christology; dogmatics; Jesus

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Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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