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Learned IgnoranceIntellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims$
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James L. Heft, Reuven Firestone, and Omid Safi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.001.0001

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The Belief in the Incarnation of God

The Belief in the Incarnation of God

Source of Religious Humility or Cause of Theological Pride?

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(p.129) 7 The Belief in the Incarnation of God
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Learned Ignorance
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Olivier-Thomas Venard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.003.0008

At the core of the differences between the monotheisms of Judaism and Islam on the one hand, and of Christianity on the other, is the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, rooted as it is in the doctrine of the Incarnation, or the word made flesh. Affirming Jesus as Lord is the key particularist claim of Christianity. This chapter explains that the doctrine of the Incarnation can lead Christians to humility or to pride. In recent years interreligious dialogues have avoided theological issues, like the Incarnation, and concentrated instead on issues of ethics. Even though it took Christians nearly five centuries to formulate the dogma of the Trinity, they should not assume today that there is no need for improvement or further clarifications of that dogma.

Keywords:   Christianity, Trinity, Incarnation, interreligious dialogue, Christians, Judaism, Islam, monotheisms

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