How Jesus Became God: One Scholar’s View James F. McGrath Butler University

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  1. Had a read of this which has really pushed the “I need to finish McGrath’s book” thought ahead of some other things on my to-do-list. I find his appeal to the concept of agency something Muslims and Christians can think about more – I have been thinking about this recently.


  2. John has made some creative developments, and we must set aside for the moment the question of what may have motivated the author to use traditional motifs and ideas in these creative ways…

    We started with the question of “how Jesus became God.” I would suggest that we find brought together in early Christian literature the two main kinds of exalted mediator figures that were known in Judaism: exalted agents clearly separate from God, and personified divine attributes that were extensions of God

    How Jesus Became God: One Scholar’s View
    James F. McGrath

    Systematic, ceaseless efforts to find flaws in or to rearrange the basic truths streaming from the gospel, to undermine its validity and to deny its fundamental message, by themselves proclaim the magic of God’s inspired work of art. No one has succeeded. No one has come close to accomplishing that qwest.

    “For the purpose of a seminar, there is no way to do justice to all of the key debates. If I were to dive into Philippians 2:6-11 alone, we would barely scratch the surface.” J F McGrath


  3. He was God always and He always was God for the specific purpose of redeeming mankind. When He was conceived inside a virgin, some attributes of God were set aside temporarily, while simultaneously He remained fully God and fully human. Mysterious mysteries permeate the One with Whom we have to do. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.

    Can God die? Jesus was God and He died. Can God have a broken heart? When He ordered His people to destroy all men, women and children of a group or tribe of people, His heart broke. Can God eat food? He made food and made us with systems designed to digest it. Did He make beauty? Did He make us male and female. He did. Did He become helpless? Ask Joe and Mary as they burped and fed and cleaned the little guy. (I could have held Him in my hand, GOD ALMIGHTY, as an infant. He would have fit in my hands and your hands, helpless and more precious than all the money and power and beauty there is, just like all babies, all human life, having been created in His image.


  4. “God is an overwhelming responsibility” “The legends (worded in
    the ancient tribal hymn) lie cradled in the seagull’s call. And all the promises they made are ground beneath the sadist’s fall.” I Anderson

    Do You believe in the day? Believe in the day!

    Light the sun!

    He gives us all things freely to enjoy


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