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The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology

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It's at the heart of the Christian faith.
It's the central fact of human history.
It's the defining reality of all existence.

In The Incarnation of God, theology professors John Clark and Marcus Johnson explore the doctrine of the incarnation of Christ--an unquestionably foundational yet oddly neglected topic in contemporary evangelical theology--examining its implications fo
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Crossway Books
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Emmanuel Boston
Superlatives have an unfortunate prevalence in too many Christian sermons and books: “This is the most” whatever. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard misplaced ‘greatest’ and ‘worst’ and ‘most needed’ and ‘biggest cause’ phrases attached to silly and nearly neutral issues—and if not neutral, leastwise secondary, tertiary, or implicative ideas. And so when authors Clark and Marcus describe the doctrine of Christ’s incarnation as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology, you might expect s ...more
Радостин Марчев
Много добра книга - вероятно най-добрата на тази тема, която съм чел.
Изобщо не е нужно човек да е съгласен с всичко казано - по-важното е да си даде сметка колко бедно (да не кажа сиромашко) в някои отношения е средностатистическото евангелско осмисляне на спасението. При това в рязък контраст с наследството на Реформацията.
Горещо препоръчвам книгата като в същото време се съмнявам, че много хора ще имат търпението първо да прочетат бавно една материя, която ще намерят в много отношения както з
David Goetz
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent book that effectively shows the incarnation to be the foundation of evangelical theology. They quote Bonhoeffer approvingly at the end: "Henceforward one can speak neither of God nor of the world without speaking of Jesus Christ. All concepts of reality which do not take account of Him are abstractions" (quoted on p. 234). The authors discuss the incarnation vis-a-vis our knowledge of God, the attributes of God, mediation, union with Christ (because the bandwagon's a movin'), the Ch ...more
Rocky Woolery
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on the meaning and importance of Jesus becoming a man just like all of mankind from Adam's sin onward. Many of the authors' assertions make understanding what the scripture says more understandable. Their arguments also point out that some of the arguments that are used for various understandings of the faith and what it means for life do not go far enough, or are based upon a faulty foundation (especially chapter 8 on the understanding of the Incarnation, and Marriage and Sex).
Ray Clendenen
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I began reading this a couple of Christmases ago and was stunned how much I found there that I hadn't known, hadn't thought about in the way the authors expressed it, and just how well written it is. I have a seminary degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics, but this book stretched me and took me to beautiful places I'm still enjoying. A remarkable book worth reading and rereading.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Theology is meant to sing to Jesus Christ, for he alone is the Way, Truth, and Life of God - the full, final, and saving revelation of the Creator, creature, and creation. (238)
Keifer Navey
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It's pretty readable for the depth of theology they cover. I would highly recommend!
Matt Sullivan
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christology is my favorite subject to study. It began with John Owen, and moved onto John Calvin, Edwards, Warfield, and so on. In my own experience, I have not picked a contemporary book on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and felt my heart moved and mind awakened in quite the same way as with the classic books; until I picked this up. I don't mean to say this facetiously, but this is beautiful, rich, mind-stretching, Christ-exalting, heart-warming theology. It is very good writing. ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Heading into the last chapter I have found this to be a very interesting book. I am required to read through the text for NT. LIT. HIST. and THEO class at Moody Theological. It is very interesting to see the argumentation given. This is a very philosophical, theological, and metaphysical book. I am not privy to Dr. Clark's background, nor Johnson's but I don't think they have much background in either metaphysics or philosophy, being theology experts they may have some studying in it, that being ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I usually have a book with me at work to read if I have a gap of spare time to do so. Often I'll pick a book that I wouldn't want to sit down and read otherwise, but can bite off in small pieces as time allows.

This is no such book. This book is fabulous. It returns soteriology to where it should be centered: not on an ordo, not on justification, but on the incarnation. Sure the cross is central, but incarnation was for a deeper purpose than just that one event. Just read John's Gospel to see how
Clifton Hickman
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Was the incarnation just a means to the Cross of Christ or is it more important? Does the incarnation accomplish anything on it's own accord or is it totally dependent on the Cross? Clark and Johnson once again challenge evangelical theology that is quick to only emphasize the Cross to the detriment of the incarnation of the Person of Christ. It has challenged me to see the incarnation of Christ with such a powerful lens which has increased my affections for my humble King. This is one of my top ...more
Ben Aurich
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having John Clark as a professor has been an extraordinary blessing. Few have shaped and refined my theology as much as he has. And this book well encapsulates his mantra of the importance of the incarnation, and our union with Christ. Few books have made my soul sing, or my eyes weep tears of joy, such as this book. If this book was read by the masses, there might be a resurgence of those who are hungry for Christ, not satisfied with cheap imitations.
Ryan Bear
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guillaume Bourin
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good volume. I disagree on some issues such as their view on impassibility. Nevertheless, this work is well written, comprehensive, and at the same time very accessible.
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Marcus Peter Johnson (PhD, University of Toronto) is assistant professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute. Along with writing his doctoral dissertation on union with Christ in the theology of John Calvin, he is also the author of several scholarly essays. He and his wife, Stacie, live in Chicago with their son, Peter, and are members of Grace Lutheran Church.
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