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Tempering the cosmic scope problem in Christian soteriology: hylemorphic animalism and Gregory of Nazianzus

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Christian scripture provides good reason to think that Christ's redemptive work has cosmic scope (cf. Colossians 1:19–20). Explanations of how Christ's work might extend to all creation (including any sufficiently human-like extraterrestrials) have not, however, received significant sustained attention in theology. In this article, I consider two attempts to explain the cosmic scope of redemption, and after identifying shortcomings with each explanation, I offer a philosophical anthropology (hylemorphic animalism), which when combined with a principle of soteriology due to Gregory of Nazianzus provides a full explanation for how Christ's redemptive work might extend to all creation.
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalReligious Studies
VolumeFirst View
Early online date26 Apr 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2019

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