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The Incarnation

Finding Our True Self through Christ

May 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    9th May 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500605
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.25"

The “Incarnation”—God becoming human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth—is a central mystery of Christianity. This inspiring book examines the theology of the Incarnation, and traces the history of human thinking about it.

Rev. Tom Ravetz discusses Rudolf Steiner's unique insights into the Incarnation and shows how the process of incarnation is reflected in each one of us and summed up by the well-known phrase from Galations, “Not I, but Christ in me.”

This readable book explores the difference that the Incarnation can make in our own lives today.

“[A] profound and reflective book.” —Cygnus Review 

“Exploring the route the early theologians took in their struggle to comprehend the Christian mystery, incorporating Rudolf Steiner's bright illumination of its obscurity… gives this book a cutting edge in spiritual exploration.” —Cygnus Review 

“What is offered is a rich, dense tapestry of spiritual thought and wisdom... This book is a powerful distillation of 2000 years of theological thought combined with the insights of Rudolf Steiner. It is a rich resource for anyone whose destiny leads them to ask deep questions about the Christian Mythos.” —Perspectives 

“There is so much in The Incarnation that could be explored in discussion and working groups that, in other circles, a follow-up (The Incarnation: a Study Guide/DVD) could surely follow! As it is, I would like to think that anyone with an interest of matters of the spirit, irrespective of their groupings and allegiances, could engage with the message of the book, and find new ways of understanding and joy in the human condition.” —Camphill Correspondence

C O N T E N T S:


1. Knowing Christ
• The Logos

2. Two Worlds?
• Immortal Diamond
• The Circulation of Glory
• Dualism

3. Who Is the Son of God?
• The Council of Nicaea
• The Fullness of the Godhead

4. Thinking the Incarnation
• Early Extremes
• Origen
• After Nicaea
• The Word and His Flesh
• Assuming Human Nature
• The Word in Partnership
• Synthesis

5. A Living Picture
• The Life of Jesus
• Merging
• The Hidden Years
• Baptism
• The “I” of Jesus
• Descent and Ascent
• Assuming Humanity
• Incarnation as Process

6. Stages of the Assumption
• The “I”
• The Soul
• Life
• The Body

7. Bringing Christ to Life within Us
• Following Christ
• Outreach


Tom Ravetz

Rev. Tom Ravetz was born in Leeds in 1964. He completed the training for the priesthood of The Christian Community in Stuttgart, and studied theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the Lenker of The Christian Community in Great Britain and Ireland. Rev. Ravetz has written and spoken on a wide variety of theological and spiritual topics and is the author of several books published by Floris Books