Wednesday, November 04, 2009

NOSTALGIA over the hoo-haw surrounding The Myth of God Incarnate in the late 70s and early 80s: R. Joseph Hoffmann asks "Does Christology Rest on a Mistake?" at the Bible and Interpretation website. Excerpt:
This is a memorandum to myself as to why I no longer see that period in quite the same way, and why I think I missed the point and the wisdom of the “Myth of God Incarnate-debate.” The Myth of God Incarnate was not (to repeat) a seminar devoted to the historical Jesus. That there had been one was assumed with the same nonchalance as one would say “Well of course I had a grandfather. Where do you think I come from?” What there had not been is an incarnation—presumably also, while there was disagreement on some specifics, not a resurrection, virgin birth, or assorted other signs and wonders either. God had not become man.
Note also Dr. Hoffman's recent essay on the Jesus Project.