Christ the Key (Current Issues in Theology) by Kathryn Tanner

By Kathryn Tanner

During the intensely intimate dating that arises among God and people within the incarnation of the be aware in Christ, God provides us the present of God's personal existence. this easy declare offers the root for Kathryn Tanner's strong research of the centrality of Jesus Christ for all Christian concept and lifestyles: if the divine and the human are united in Christ, then Jesus should be obvious as key to the development that organizes the total, even whereas God's methods stay past our snatch. Drawing at the background of Christian inspiration to strengthen an leading edge Christ-centered theology, this publication sheds clean gentle on significant theological matters equivalent to the imago dei, the connection among nature and charm, the Trinity's implications for human neighborhood, and the Spirit's demeanour of operating in human lives. initially added as Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, it bargains an inventive and compelling contribution to modern theology.

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Lost through sin, the gifts of Word and Spirit that made humans the image of God at their creation would need to be restored to humanity by Christ in some new way that improves upon the original situation that permitted their loss. Cyril outlines the basic shape of the narrative of creation, fall, and redemption in Christ that results: in the beginning … the creator of all, taking dust of the ground and having formed man, breathed upon his face the breath of life. And what is the breath of life, save surely the Spirit of Christ …?

453. Gregory of Nyssa, From Glory to Glory, p. 197. 96 Things without reason and will simply incline to those particular things that their equally particular natures require for their satisfaction; they incline to particulars insofar as they are particular and not, as humans do, against the background of what is generally intelligible and valuable. An animal, say, inclines through attention and impulse only to particulars that happen to meet the needs of its particular animal nature – for example, that bowl of kibble right in front of it that would satisfy its immediate hunger – without regard for the goodness or intellectual interest per se of such things, which humans take into account.

Human nature may be like a mirror, but “it takes on different appearances according to the impressions of free will. If gold is held up to the mirror, the mirror assumes the appearance of gold and reflects the splendor of gold’s substance. ”109 The entrance of free will into the process only adds to the plastic, shape-shifting character of human nature. ”111 In making such choices, whatever the degree of their freedom, humans manage to differentiate themselves from the complex totality of the environment that surrounds them by focusing their energies, turning their attention to specific items of special interest within that environment and engaging in a more concentrated way with them.

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