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Semiotics, Incarnation And Anthropology

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This chapter tests and extends the semiotic model by proposing a new approach to the Christian concept of the Incarnation, and a new way of thinking about related anthropological questions, both theological and scientific. It discusses the Jesus' historical ministry, and uses Wright's work to introduce Peirce's classification of signs, illustrating his taxonomy by reference to some key events in Jesus' life. The chapter discusses the central issues in Christology that can be thought of in terms of 'horizontal', 'vertical' and 'depth' dimensions. It addresses two potential objections to the idea of 'Incarnation as qualisign' and to the semiotic model in general. The chapter presents the concept of a 'semiotic matrix', and explores some consequences of the Peircean approach to human evolution for theological anthropology.

Keywords: anthropology; Charles S. Peirce; incarnation; Jesus' historical ministry; N. T. Wright; semiotics



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