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The Resurrection of God Incarnate$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199257469.001.0001

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The Marks of an Incarnate God

The Marks of an Incarnate God

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(p.55) 3 The Marks of an Incarnate God
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The Resurrection of God Incarnate
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199257469.003.0004

If God became incarnate in order to provide atonement for human sins, to identify with our suffering, and to reveal truth, he would need to live a certain sort of life. He would need to live a perfectly good life (culminated perhaps by a perfect death), provide moral and theological guidance, show that he believed himself to be God Incarnate, teach that that life (with his death) provided a means of atonement, and found a church to continue his work. God would need also to put his signature on that life by culminating it with a super‐miracle. Of no prophet in human history, with the possible exception of Jesus, is there good evidence that he led the requisite sort of life culminated in the right way.

Keywords:   atonement, incarnation, miracle, perfection, revelation

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