The Icon of God

The Icon of God

by Revd Christopher Huggett


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"He is the icon of the unseen God" (Colossians 1:15).

"The brilliance of the splendour of the good news of the Messiah, who is the icon of God" (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ was completely God and completely human, but it is hard to understand what this means, especially since the creeds use descriptions, such as, "of one substance with the Father", which are based on an understanding of physics, established centuries before Jesus and rejected by science four centuries ago!

In this work, Revd Huggett traces, both for the scholar and the ordinary Christian, the development of the doctrine of the Incarnation in the New Testament and the early church, examining it alongside the modern distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. These are shown to be an alternative way of looking at Jesus, one describing him as completely human and the other as completely divine.

The two approaches are brought together in the illustration of an icon, which is based on the historical Jesus but portrays him as the Christ of faith. The latter, the revelation of the word and image of God, is created and interpreted only through faith. In this process, which is the true expression of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ is recognised as the icon of God himself, showing us God in the form of a man.

This work is a development of the ideas, first discussed by Revd Huggett in "Stereoscopic Theology" (2017). The ancient theological problem of the incarnation and the modern dichotomy between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith are shown to be differing ways of approaching the same puzzle. Both are illuminated by recognising the Christ of faith, the divine aspect of Jesus, as the icon of God himself, superimposed on the human Jesus of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721930142
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Revd Christopher Huggett, BA, MPhil, PGCertEd, is a New Testament scholar and process theologian. His unique methodology has resulted in many significant insights into the text, translation and interpretation of the New Testament. His "Theology of Becoming" provides a new approach to Christian theology, which is applicable both to modern thought and to a wide variety of Christian belief.
He studied Theology at the University of Hull from the sixties to the eighties under Professor Anthony Hanson, who became not only Christopher's mentor but his friend. He studied further at the university with Dr Lionel North in the nineties. Having trained as a teacher, he taught Religious Education, History and Latin in both state and private schools, before attending Lincoln Theological College, where he trained for the Anglican priesthood.
After almost thirty years with the Church of England, working in a variety of city, town and village parishes across the north of England and specialising in lay training and tourist ministry, he retired in 2010 and began to publish a large number of theological writings as well as works of fiction and compositions of classical music, which are available from Amazon and all good bookshops. His works have been sold in four continents. He now lives in East Yorkshire with his wife, Alexandra and their Yorkshire terriers, StJohn and Chloe.

The following theological writings are currently available, all with Haystacks Publishing:-
New Testament Studies (2012)
A Theology of Becoming (2012)
Becoming Christian (2013)
Paul's Letters to Corinth (2014)
Christian Beginnings (2015)
The Last Days of Jesus (2015)
John and Jesus (2016)
Here I Stand (2016)
The Elephant in the Room (and other essays) (2017)
The Case of the Missing Body (2017)
The Case of the Runaway Hero (2017)
Stereoscopic Theology (2017)
Theological Excavations in Acts (2018)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 1 (revised) (2016)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 2 (revised) (2017)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 3 (revised) (2017)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 4 (2017)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 5 (2017)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 6 (2017)
The Chronological New Testament, Volume 7 (2018)

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