The Incarnation as a Theanthropic Principle

George L. Murphy

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1993

Issue: Faith, Science, Technology (Vol. 13, No 3, Summer, 1993)

But how are we to think of the entire universe being made God’s dwelling through the incarnation? One way is to understand the risen and glorified Jesus himself as present throughout the universe. As a result of the sacramental and christological controversies of the reformation period, the Lutheran theological tradition has held that the divine omnipresence is communicated to the human nature assumed in the incarnation. Thus Christ in his humanity can be present to everything in the universe (and, in particular, can be present in the eucharist), though not in a simple-minded sense of being spread thinly through space.

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