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Body and Word

Alison Jasper

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544486.003.0046

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Body and Word

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This article uses the term ‘equivocation’ to describe the sense in which Christian incarnational theology appears to have provided a resource or way of thinking about the embodied human condition. For British literary works produced across a period of over a thousand years, that is not wholly negative. Christian convictions about God's investment in the materiality of human existence bear witness to the perception of infinite human longings and seemingly endless possibilities, as well as our fearful limitations. British artists and commentators during this period have not all accepted the authority of a Christian approach, and in the last two or three centuries many have aspired to challenge the more negative or limiting emphases of its teaching. Arguably, the paradigm remains significant, yet it continues to provide both impetus and challenge to ongoing reflections on the nature of unavoidable human incarnation.

Keywords: Christianity; equivocation; incarnation theology; British literature; human existence

Article.  8505 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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