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Metaphor of God Incarnate

Metaphor of God Incarnate

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334040002
Published: 31/08/2005

This is a second and revised edition of John Hick's much discussed book first published twelve years ago. He claims that Jesus himself did not teach what was to become the orthodox understanding of him; that the dogma that he had both a divine and a human nature is incoherent and unintelligible; that divine incarnation is a metaphorical idea; that its literal construal makes Christianity the only religion to have been founded by a God in person, and thus uniquely superior to all others, a belief which has done so much harm in the world; that instead Christians should take Jesus as the one who has made God real to us and challenged us to live in God's presence.

The new material now added shows how two major contemporary theologians, one Anglican and the other Catholic, face these problems and arrive at many but not all the same conclusions.

John Harwood Hick

John Hick is a world-renowned philosopher of religion and theologian whose controversial works, read today in sixteen languages, have been widely discussed and debated.

"The students of theology and philosophy as well as lay readers will find the book very interesting and highly readable. Hick's insights in the development of Christian culture and in other religious cultures will broaden the vision of the readers, and modify their perspectives about religion...Muslim readers will value this book for its contents supporting their stance regarding Christ..."Arifa Farid, Islamic Times 1994