Christ Bearing Witness to Himself. Donnellan Lectures

Author: George Alexander Chadwick (Bp of Derry

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Christ Bearing Witness to Himself

Author: George Alexander Chadwick

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It is the faith of Christendom that Jesus Christ was a supernatural, perfect, and divine man. To the assaults of infidelity we oppose the evident fact that no power existed in the ancient Church capable of elaborating such moral qualities, miracles of such an order, or a humanity so sacred as adorn the Gospel story. But this is not the whole of our case. Perhaps it has not been sufficiently considered that even if early Christian impulses had rightly combined all admirable qualities, and had discovered the principles on which a perfect Being should wield the powers of Deity, the task would not have been accomplished. When we speak of a supernatural man, a perfect man, and a divine man, we speak of a man. Great moral qualities and a correct employment of divine power are one thing; a man is another thing. And the doctrine of the Incarnation is not made good by showing the Jesus Christ had great moral qualities, nor by proving that he employed divine powers correctly; the doctrine of firms that he was man. - Preface.