More Resources: Scotus, Schwenckfeld, and the Transfiguration
This chapter examines three resources for an appropriation and revision of Heavenly Flesh Christology: Duns Scotus and his Primacy of Christ thesis, the Radical Reformation work of Caspar Schwenckfeld, and Eastern Orthodox interpretations of the Transfiguration. The work of Scotus is much maligned in contemporary theology, and even for his supporters, his Christology is rarely connected to his metaphysics. The author shows that the metaphysical implications of his Christology fit nicely with and add a revisionary element to Heavenly Flesh Christology. Schwenckfeld should be treated as one of the original and innovative thinkers about Christology in the history of theology. This chapter should go far in advancing that claim. Finally, debates about the Transfiguration focus on the question of what it revealed. Was Jesus Christ always, even in his earthly body, the form of the eternal light of God? If so, then was his body incorruptible even before the resurrection?
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