[asa] Physicalism and Incarnation

From: Johan Jammart <j_jammart@yahoo.fr>
Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 05:28:07 EST
I have read articles on asa3.org claiming that incarnation of Christ was incompatible with physicalism ==> http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2005/PSCF9-05Siemens.pdf

I have read a discussion on this also on an blog: http://trinityandincarnation.blogspot.com/

JJ: Trenton Merricks in an unpublished paper entitled 'The Word Made Flesh: Dualism, Physicalism, and the Incarnation' presents a different view. We are human organisms. To be human is to be a human organism. So a divine subject becomes human by becoming a human organism. So an immaterial simple becomes a material composite. I think that no immaterial being can become a material being and that no simple can become a composite. So I do not hold this view.

BV: You are a wise man.

JJ: But the strategy is a coherent one.

BV: How? It appears to be absurd on the face of it. An immaterial simple
becomes a material composite without ceasing to be an immaterial simple?!?
Next stop: The Twilight Zone.

Is really physicalism incompatible with incarnation? Can an immaterial Christ became only material?



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