Complete in manhood: understanding Christ’s humanity in light of quantum holism

Lawson, F. (2018) Complete in manhood: understanding Christ’s humanity in light of quantum holism. In: Evers, D., Fuller, M., Runnehov, A. and Saether, Knut-Willy, eds. Are We Special? Science and Theology Questioning Human Uniqueness. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. pp. 127-142 ISBN 9783000585784

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Abstract

The theologian must be able to not only explain the relationship of the two unique natures in the hypostatic union but also what it means to say that that each nature (divine and human) is fully exemplified in Christ. I argue that our understanding of Christ’s humanity is hampered by the shadow of philosophical and scientific atomism that brings to the table unquestioned, as an a priori truth, the fact that the world and people are divisible into parts.

Having outlined the reductionist challenge, I examine how the shift in scientific understanding, to a holistic ontology, brought about by quantum physics has the potential to radically alter our understanding of the nature of the hypostatic union. In order to achieve this, I apply the work of Hans Primas on Non-Boolean descriptions of the mind-body problem to the discussion of human-divine relations in the person of Christ and examine how this shift in metaphysics can alter the shape of the debate whilst maintaining theological coherence.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Incarnation; quantum holism; reductionism; atomism; hypostatic union; human Nature; complementarity; primas; non-boolean descriptions; ontology; metholodgy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0051 Philosophy of religion. Psychology of religion. Religion in relation to other subjects
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology > BT0010 Doctrinal Theology (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology > BT0010 Doctrinal Theology (General) > BT0198 Christology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Finley Lawson
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 09:35
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17872

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