Ken Myers on the Incarnation

“In the same letter to the Colossians in which Paul asserts the union of the divine and human in Jesus Christ, he also writes that by Christ ‘all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created through and for him…And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’ Paul links the Christian understanding of Creation – in all its coherence and meaningfulness – with the idea of the Incarnation. We are created in the image of the one who became flesh, who entered his own Creation and knew it and talked about it from the outside. This is why the Incarnation is so important to a  Christian understanding of art and imagination: it doesn’t just set an example for our giving concrete form to our inner convictions. It reaffirms an essential continuity between us, God, and the world we inhabit. It is on the basis of that continuity that both reason and imagination can properly and confidently ‘take up with the world.’ The work of Christ not only reverses our alienation from God; it reassures us that, at the deepest level of our being, we are not alienated from the world.”



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