• Errol E. Harris
Part of the Tulane Studies in Philosophy book series (TUSP, volume 26)


Of the many traditional doctrines, for which the exposition set out above might serve as a groundwork for interpretation, the Christian dogma of the incarnation may seem most difficult, if at all possible, to accommodate. Yet if we are to find that teaching intelligible, and to regard it as more than a survival and adaptation of similar beliefs (of which there are many) among pagan religions, it should be capable of rational interpretation. To me this seems eminently possible, and without it religion is immeasurably the poorer and less adequate to human needs. Not only is such interpretation feasible, but it follows naturally and directly from the position so far stated.


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