The Unassumed Is the Unhealed

Rev. Dr. Kevin Chiarot introduces and offers a critical look into the influential Christology of T. F. Torrance, who among other things taught that the Son of God assumed a fallen human nature. Rev. Chiarot is the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Rock Tavern, New York. He has written an excellent book titled, The Unassumed Is the Unhealed: The Humanity of Christ in the Christology of T. F. Torrance (Pickwick, 2013). Join us as we discuss this theology that has influenced many.

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Kyle

2 years ago

Interesting program. Can anyone speak to what the response of someone who believes Christ took on the fallen nature would be to the point of the virgin birth ? Seems moot. If Christ needed a fallen nature, couldn’t he have just gotten it from Joseph?

Todd Speidell

2 years ago

The point is that it’s an act of God! The empty womb is a twin doctrine with the empty tomb. Christ didn’t need a fallen nature, but WE needed him to assume and heal our actual fallen humanity — which he did as God, who came as one of us for us. The virgin birth is not a moot point: It announces that God himself acted in our midst.

Kyle

2 years ago

To say the virgin birth was necessary as an announcement of God’s action in our midst seems to be saying a lot less than that it was intrinsic to that action. If that’s the case it doesn’t seem to me it would warrant being put along side the trinity and resurrection as an absolute pillar of orthodoxy.

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