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The Incarnation as a Divine Assumption of Creaturely Flesh. By David Cunningham. Ed. Chapman Chen

All living creatures share flesh and they also share a relationship with God....the flesh is precisely that element of creation that Jesus shares most fully. The flesh is, of course, central to the doctrine of the incarnation... in it Greek form (derived from sarx...). God's incarnation is define not so much by the accidental properties of this flesh (Jewish, male, human) as it is by its essentially fleshly character, which human beings share with many other creatures. As Andrew Linzey has observed...."By becoming flesh, the Logos identifies.... not only with humanity but with all creatures of flesh and blood.".... The incarnation needs to be understood as a divine assumption of flesh, not just of humanity.... it blurs the boundaries among various species and thereby emphasizes their interdependence.

Source: Cunningham, David S. (2009). "The Way of All Flesh: Rethinking the Imago Dei." Celia Deane-Drummond and David Clough (ed.), Creaturely Theology, London: SCM Press, 100-117.

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