Christ, Traducianism and the Connection between God and Man

Murray, one of the great commentators on this blog, has commented that contemporary science suggests a profound unity between the objects of the cosmos, similar to the Biblical conception of God. Furthermore, humans have a realisation that we are all connected through Christ:

‘My hypothesis would be that there is inate realization in humans that we are all connected and that God, as represented through Christ is the true connection. The atheist realizes God as their true antithesis rather than a minor distraction such as Zeus. My hypothesis is tinted by my own Christianity. It does hold up to scientific scrutiny though. Scientists have often proposed a unified theory of the universe. Much of the verbage used to describe unified theory resembles biblical descriptions of God. If atheists want to reduce the significance of God in the world, they first have to reduce it in atheism.’

It’s part of Christian theology that Christ is the link between humanity and God, and that humanity was made in the image of God, and so participates in part of the divine nature. Some of the Church Fathers, such as Tertullian, also believed that God had created all human souls in Adam, and as a result, there was a profound connection between humanity through this shared human nature derived from him. Now this view of the profound connection between humans clearly depends on a literal interpretation of Genesis. Nevertheless, it does seem to express a profound statement about the deep connection between people through their shared humanity.

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9 Responses to “Christ, Traducianism and the Connection between God and Man”

  1. Ilíon Says:

    BR:Now this view of the profound connection between humans clearly depends on a literal interpretation of Genesis.

    Does it really?

  2. beastrabban Says:

    Ilion, just in case there’s been some understanding, when I said that this view of human nature depends on a literal reading of Genesis, I merely meant the view that all human souls were present in Adam, as clearly whether someone accepts this view as valid depends on whether they believe in the literal, rather than the immense symbolic and existential truth, of the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis.

    Of course, if that passage is literally true, regardless of whether it is believed or not, then the theory of traducianism may be too. In that case, you’re right in that the validity of traducianism as an explanation for human nature doesn’t depend on whether or not people believe in it.

    I hope this clears it up. 🙂

  3. Ilíon Says:

    Ah! I was taking you to mean the “connection” thing … which just didn’t make sense as I was (mis)understanding you.

  4. beastrabban Says:

    Thanks for the reply, Ilion – I’m glad we’ve been able to clear that point up. 🙂

  5. Feyd Says:

    “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
    Praise God!

  6. Murray66 Says:

    I am honored to be a blog topic. Thanks Beast

  7. Beastrabban Says:

    Thanks for the reply, Feyd. And you’re welcome, Murray! 🙂

  8. Ilíon Says:

    [Ignore this post: I’m just ensuring that my commbox identifying info gets put back into the fields.]

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