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Bibil Identifier bibil:143818
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On the 'Fittingness' of the Virgin Birth
Author Crisp, Oliver D.
Journal Heythrop Journal (Volume: 49, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 197-221 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In modern theology the doctrine of the Virgin Birth of Christ, including the doctrine of his Virginal Conception, has been the subject of considerable scepticism. One line of criticism has been that the traditional doctrine of the Virgin Birth seems unnecessary to the Incarnation. In this essay I lay out one construal of the traditional argument for the doctrine and show that, although one can offer an account of the Incarnation without the Virgin Birth which, in other respects, is perfectly in accord with catholic Christianity, such a doctrine is still contrary to the plain teaching of Scripture and the Creeds on the question of the mode of the Incarnation. It might still be thought that the Incarnation was an 'unfitting' means of Incarnation. In a final section I draw upon Anselm's arguments in defence of the Incarnation to show that this objection can also be overcome.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Virgin Conception
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Incarnation
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