Christology in Crisis: An Assessment and Response

Dean Smith (2009). Christology in Crisis: An Assessment and Response PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Dean Smith
Thesis Title Christology in Crisis: An Assessment and Response
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009-08
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Professor Philip Almond
Associate Professor Rick Strelan
Total pages 243
Total black and white pages 243
Subjects 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
Abstract/Summary The tradition of classical Christology, understood in a MacIntyrean sense as an historically extended and socially embodied argument, is facing an epistemological crisis due to the fact that, at each stage in its complex development, it has failed to resolve the problems arising out of the articulation of the classical interpretation of the Incarnation. This failure on the part of the tradition is due to the unsatisfactory and intractable metaphysical dualism at its heart. This dualism, highlighted in each successive attempt to explain the union of the divine and human natures in Christ, is to be understood as a symptom of a more fundamental God-world dualism, entailed by the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, and informing the traditional Christian conceptual scheme. Failure to recognise and address the God-world problematic has led to one-sided Christological solutions that reflect and reinforce this original and most basic dualism. An alternative view of God is needed to inform Christology if the problematic dualism at the heart of the classical model is to be overcome and the epistemological crisis resolved. Pan(en)theism is such an alternative model of God that offers resources for a non-dualistic Christopraxis.
Keyword Christology, classical Christology, Alasdair MacIntyre, Karl Rahner, panentheism, dualism, epistemological crisis, creation ex nihilo, incommensurability, tradition.

 
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