From the December, 2008 issue of Touchstone
Savior in a Manger by Patrick Henry Reardon

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Savior in a Manger

Early Christian Teaching on the Incarnation & Redemption by Patrick Henry Reardon

Advent and the Christmas season form an ideal time, surely, during which to ponder the meaning—especially the soteriological meaning—of the Incarnation. The question, Cur Deus homo—“Why did God become man?”—rises spontaneously to the healthy Christian mind, I believe, and it is a fact that Christians began addressing that question rather early. The Council of Nicaea declared simply that the Incarnation took place “for us men and for our salvation,” a formula adopted without change by the Council of Chalcedon somewhat mor . . .


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