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1. Religious Aspect

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The term “incarnation,” which is now used in religious discussion as well as Christian theology, is not always plainly distinct from related terms like “manifestation” or “epiphany.” There is thus no uniform usage, and the employment of the word is much debated. It seems best to limit its use to the idea that a divine being has embodied itself in human form and in this form lived on earth. A distinction might be made between continuous incarnation in an institutions or dynas…

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Berner, Ulrich, Williams, Rowan D. and Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Incarnation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I109>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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