Historically there have been 2 fundamental theories regarding the Incarnation of Christ:
1) Thomistic Thesis: Christ became incarnate as an act dependant on Original Sin. As Original sin took place, the word became flesh (Although Thomas wasn’t as rigid as later Neo-Thomists are on this subject. This thesis also didn’t begin with Thomas.)
2) Franciscan (Scotistic) Thesis: Absolute Primacy of Christ. Incarnation was not dependant on Original Sin.
Each theory has significant implications for:
1) did he will creation and salvation history in an intelligent ordered way with Christ as the chief cornerstone.
2) Did he will one economy of grace for the angels and our first parents, and then a second economy of grace for man as a remedy for sin?
Jesus and Mary:
1) Are God’s two greatest created works willed first before anything else is considered and are they willed for their own sake? Can we say they have a priority in the divine scheme of things? or:
2) Does the humanity of Jesus and His mother owe their existence to Adam’s Fall?
Angels and Demons:
1) Did God from all eternity, predestine the good angels in and for the Incarnate Word, Jesus, as their mediator? And did God condemn the demons because they refused to serve this mystery? or:
2) Are the angels created apart from the mystery of the Incarnation and therefore are they not technically under Jesus Christ’s headship?
1) Is the original dignity of man that of being elevated in Christ Jesus (including Adam and Eve)? By that we mean, did God predestine the elect to be his adopted children, before any consideration of sin?
2) Is the predestination of the elect in Jesus Christ only a consequence of Original Sin?
(Note: By Predestination, we do not mean a Calvinistic view in any way. Man still has free will! For more on the correct view of Predestination see CCC 600, 1007, 2012, 2782, 2823)
1) Did God will from all eternity that man’s spiritual journey be centered in the hearts of Jesus and Mary, whether sin happened or whether sin did not happen?
2) Is the spiritual journey to God through Jesus and Mary the result of man’s need for redemption?
I’m curious as to what position everyone else prefers and why. I won’t say which side I lean towards at the moment, but will leave that for a later post.
Let The Speculation Begin!