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"The preexistence of Christ is part of the foundation of Christian faith on which these other doctrines depend. It is a necessary premise for belief in Christ’s deity, but by itself it is not sufficient. Because Christ’s preexistence is foundational, how one understands it or rejects it affects the remainder of Christology and one’s overall understanding of Christianity. This has been nowhere more evident than in the modern attempts to explain (or explain away) the doctrine. Those modern theologians who ignore or deny Christ’s preexistence do so because it is incompatible with their understanding either of his humanity or of the nature of religion." (McCready, He came down from Heaven": The Preexistence of Christ Revisited, p. 419)

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References

  • Douglas McCready, "He came down from Heaven: The Preexistence of Christ Revisited", Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40/3 (Sept. 1997)

Resources

  • Simon Gathercole, The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Eerdmans, 2006.

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