Sunday, 13 November 2016
A Cosmic Question
I refer to The Myth Of God Incarnate. Anderson's Fr Axor seeks evidence for an extraterrestrial Incarnation. In The Technic History universe, there are many intelligent species with many parallels to Terrestrial evolution and history. For example, Ikranankan Twilight Zoners have a myth of annual death and rebirth and we are told that their polytheism is standard. Thus, Axor might find many beliefs similar to Christianity but how will he determine whether any one of them records a literal Incarnation?
In The Myth Of..., John Hick makes the points that:
every available religious title was applied to Jesus;
the titles "avatar" and "Bodhisattva" would certainly have been used if Christianity had come to be centered in India instead of in the Roman Empire;
Gautama was another historical figure who came to be regarded as an incarnation of a heavenly being grounded in the Absolute;
Hindus already believe in many avatars and Buddhists in many Buddhas.
Thus, to that extent, the question of cosmic Incarnations has already been addressed.