Incarnational humanism

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Incarnational humanism is a brand of Christian humanism which places central importance on the Incarnation, the belief that Jesus Christ was truly and fully human. In this context, divine revelation from God is seen as untrustworthy precisely because it is exempt from the vagaries of human discourse. It is God’s descent into human nature which allows humans to ascend to the divine.[1] "If God speaks to us in the language of humanity, then we must interpret Gods speech as we interpret the language of humanity."[2] Incarnational humanism asserts a unification of the secular and the sacred with the goal of a common humanity. This unification is fully realized in the participatory nature of Christian sacraments, particularly the Eucharist. The recognition of this goal requires a necessary difference between the church and the world, where both "spheres are unified in their service of humanity." Critics suggest it is quite wrong to establish a separate theology of the incarnation, and that proponents tend to abstract Jesus from his life and message.


  1. ^ "Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ "The doctrine of the Incarnation By David Gibson". Commonweal. Retrieved 5 April 2019.