Systematic theology professor discusses incarnation and redemption
Oliver D. Crisp, professor of systematic theology, wrote an article for the March 2012 issue of Christianity Today
In “Vicarious Humanity: By His Birth We Are Healed
,” Dr. Crisp explores the role of the Incarnation in the plan of redemption.
“Many assume that the Crucifixion and Resurrection make our transformation in Christ possible,” he writes. “What many Christians have forgotten is that our redemption began with the Incarnation.”
Citing Scripture as well as the words of the early church fathers and Evangelical theologians such as John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards, Crisp points out that it is by becoming human that Christ “bridged the divide between God and man, doing so from God’s side, by God’s initiative—the exact opposite of Eve’s, and our, natural grasping inclination.”
The article is part of Christianity Today’s Global Gospel Project, a five-year teaching venture launched in December 2011, designed to offer broader Evangelical teaching on core Christian doctrine to disciples living in an increasingly post-Christian and pluralistic world.Oliver D. Crisp
joined Fuller’s faculty in 2011. Prior to his appointment at Fuller, he was a Lecturer and then Reader in Theology (Associate Professor) at the University of Bristol, UK. Crisp is the author of many articles and several books, including his most recent book, Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation (2012).Read Dr. Crisp’s article on Christianity Today’s website here