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The principle of the Incarnation; with especial reference to the relation between our Lord's divine omniscience and his human consciousness.

Author: H C Powell
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, 1896.
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Powell, H.C. (Henry Clark).
Principle of the Incarnation.
London, Longmans, Green, 1896
(OCoLC)556939898
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H C Powell
OCLC Number: 4218125
Description: xxxi, 483 pages
Contents: Book I --
1. The primary law of human consciousness --
Neglect of Psychology until recent times --
Importance of investigating the ground of difference between divine knowing and human knowing --
The law of successive attention: its essential features --
General result --
2. The understanding --
Limitations imposed by the primary law on the understanding --
3. The imagination and the spirit --
Recapitulation: character, subjective and objective, of knowledge obtained by the understanding --
The imagination --
The spirit --
General result of examination of our faculties of knowledge --
4. Comparison between human knowing and divine knowing or omniscience --
The divine knowing --
Comparing the divine knowing with human knowing --
Conclusion: such differences point to radical unlikeness between the divine knowing and human knowing --
5. The relation between our Lord's human consciousness and His omniscience viewed in the light of the foregoing conclusion --
The relation considered apart from our Lord's personality --
The relation considered in connection with our Lord's personality --
6. Final conclusions from the psychological point of view --
Respecting the relation between our Lord's omniscience and His human consciousness generally --
Respecting some points of detail --
Conclusion of the first book Book II --
The theological point of view --
1. The revealer and the redeemer --
Importance of insisting upon both these aspects of our Lord's work --
Christ the revealer --
Christ the redeemer --
Conclusions --
2. The kenotic theory --
Introductory remarks --
Examination of Phil. ii. 7 --
The kenotic theory tested by the evidence of the gospels as to our Lord's miracles --
The theory tested theologically: it contradicts the principle of the diving unchangeableness and is therefore untenable --
3. History of opinion in the church respecting the "kenosis" --
A. From the first age of the church to the Reformation --
Early statements incompatible with the modern theory --
Examination of views of Fathers appealed to as favoring it --
B. From the Reformation to the end of the eighteenth century --
The continental reformers --
The Eastern church --
The Anglican church --
C. The Nineteenth century --
Kenotic theories in Germany --
The Kenotic theory has gained attention in some quarters in England, but has not been adopted by many, or by the English church Book III --
The evidence of the gospels --
1. Our Lord's knowledge of God --
The character of this (which is described as both immediate and complete) is to be determined from the following passages --
Striking features in these passages --
The supposition that our Lord might have been speaking of a knowledge which He knew had been His prior to the incarnation, is untenable --
Summary of the evidence respecting our Lord's knowledge of God --
2. Our Lord's knowledge of man --
Natural and supernatural gifts of discerning character: how distinguished and how limited --
Our Lord's knowledge of man unlike and surpassing anything found elsewhere by reason of- --
Summary --
3. Our Lord's knowledge of facts and events --
Statements of gospels produced as evidencing "ignorance" --
Evidence respecting His knowledge of facts and events --
4. The saying respecting the day and hour of the final judgment --
Unique character of this saying: precise import of its terms to be ascertained if possible: various readings in St. Matt. xxiv. 36 --
Exegetical examination of it --
Patristic and other interpretations of the saying --
Conditions essential for a fully satisfactory interpretation --
5. Our Lord's knowledge of the Old Testament --
This subject why included: proposed mode of treatment --
Evidence of extent and perfection of our Lord's knowledge of Old Testament --
Bearing of conclusion thus established upon issues lately raised.

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