This article presents in broad outline the theological concept of deep incarnation and brings it
into dialogue with correlative ideas of deep history and deep sociality. It will be argued that
neither Christology, nor evolution, can be properly understood from a chronocentric
perspective. Evolution is not only about development but also about the exploration of
ecospace. Likewise, a contemporary Christology should explicate incarnation as a divine
assumption of the full ecospace of the material world of creation. It will then be argued that an
interactionist view of deep history is preferable to the evolutionary cognitive theory of religion
(ECTR). Against this background, the paper will explore Jesus of Nazareth’s role in the context
of post-axial mentalities.
Paper given for South African Science and Religion Forum (SASRF) Conference on ‘Creation, Consciousness and Christology: Evolutionary
Perspectives’, University of Pretoria, September 16, 2015. The author wishes to express his gratitude to Dr. Harris Wiseman for language
Original Research: Volume 17 in the South African Science and Religion Forum Series, edited by Prof. Cornel du Toit (UNISA) and
Prof. Daniel Veldsman, entitled ‘Creation, Consciousness and Christology: Evolutionary Perspectives’, Proceedings of the 20th conference
of the South African Science and Religion Forum (SASRF) of the Research Institute for Theology and Religion held at the University of
South Africa, Pretoria 16–18 September 2015.