Christ the Center
Modern theology, like Western civilization itself, has been profoundly shaped by Greek philosophy. Yet our Platonic heritage, while beneficial on ... Show synopsis Modern theology, like Western civilization itself, has been profoundly shaped by Greek philosophy. Yet our Platonic heritage, while beneficial on many levels, in fact promotes a dualistic outlook that is harmful to a correct understanding of Jesus. In this engaging study, George A. F. Knight draws primarily from the riches of the Hebraic tradition, demonstrating how this nondualistic strand in our heritage supplies us with the best means for understanding the true nature of the incarnation. Knight begins by exploring the Hebrew worldview, especially as revealed in the Talmud, showing that the Jewish mind depended wholly on an awareness of unity, not only of God but also of his creation. This discussion leads naturally into a deeper examination of the being of God, using the Hebraic concept of unity to describe the fullness of the divine being expressed as Trinity. This early work then serves as the foundation for highlighting the centrality of Christ's incarnation for properly understanding God, salvation, and the role of the church in today's world.