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Christology and Creation

For any theology geeks lurking about, here is a small reflection I wrote lately for one of the classes I teach.  It is part of a longer discussion on the relationship between Jesus and the universe.

“For me, my starting point with Christ is more often his divine nature as the Living Word, the second Person of the Trinity, the Cosmic Christ of Ephesians and Colossians and John’s gospel, through whom all things come into being. For me, the existence of Christ is co-eternal with the Abba, and the incarnation of the Word begins with the first moment of creation. The whole universe (uni=one, verse=word), throughout its entire history, is the Body of God (specifically the Body of the second Person of the Trinity, who is fully God). The reflections of Chalcedon are still at play here, in that I continue to make a distinction (while affirming the union) between the uncreated divine nature of the Word and the created nature of the cosmos. But the two are held together in the union of Love. This union comes to perfection and fulfillment in the specific incarnation of the historical Jesus of Nazareth (who, in this sense, can be said to be God Incarnate … so long as it does not negate the sense of the Word’s constant incarnation, moment by moment, throughout the whole creation, simultaneously calling that creation into being and indwelling it intimately).
So when I see Jesus, I see not only an ethical teacher par excellence, but also a microcosm, a hologram, of the Living God embodied within the whole creation. For me, Jesus incarnates the Cosmic Christ. The whole world dwells within him … he is the truly Universal One. When he is crucified, the universe recieves its deathblow; when he is raised, the creation is made new (although from our perspective, this is still a proleptic and eschatological reality.)
Conversely, when the earth is harmed, when creation groans under human and demonic bondage, this is an assault on the Body of God. Species loss, climate change, the blasphemy of the tar sands … all of this wounds the Incarnate Cosmic Christ. Ecocide is Deicide. A faithful ecological ethic flows rather from a living cosmology, and Christology, which (like Chalcedon) holds together the created and uncreated natures in perfect union.”

Theology eggheads, enjoy!

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