Original Research - Special Collection: SASRF Creation - Consciousness and Christology

Deep incarnation: From deep history to post-axial religion

Niels Henrik Gregersen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3428 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3428 | © 2016 Niels Henrik Gregersen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 April 2016 | Published: 28 October 2016

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Niels Henrik Gregersen, Section for Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Denmark

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This article presents in broad outline the theological concept of deep incarnation and brings it into dialogue with correlative ideas of deep history and deep sociality. It will be argued that neither Christology, nor evolution, can be properly understood from a chronocentric perspective. Evolution is not only about development but also about the exploration of ecospace. Likewise, a contemporary Christology should explicate incarnation as a divine assumption of the full ecospace of the material world of creation. It will then be argued that an interactionist view of deep history is preferable to the evolutionary cognitive theory of religion (ECTR). Against this background, the paper will explore Jesus of Nazareth’s role in the context of post-axial mentalities.


Deep incartnation; History; Post-axial; Religion; Science


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