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Stephen T. Davis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284598.001.0001

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Was Jesus Mad, Bad or God?

Was Jesus Mad, Bad or God?

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(p.149) 9 Was Jesus Mad, Bad or God?
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Christian Philosophical Theology
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Stephen T. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199284598.003.0010

In this chapter, C.S. Lewis’ famous trilemma argument in favor of the divinity of Christ (Jesus was either mad, bad, or God) is developed, and a version of it is defended. The crux of the argument is the assertion that Jesus himself implicitly claimed to be divine. This assertion is buttressed by the notion that prayers and worship were addressed to Jesus, that he forgave sins, that he addressed God as Abba, that he spoke with authority and even in places overthrew the law, and that he declared that one’s relationship to him would determine one’s eternal fate. The trilemma argument is also defended against objections.

Keywords:   incarnation, divine sonship, worship, C.S. Lewis

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