Christian D. Kettler, "He has seen the stars... For Us: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ, the Priest of Creation," Participatio 5, "The Vicarious Humanity of Christ and Ethics" (2015): 1-17
Kettler, Christian D. "He has seen the stars... For Us: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ, the Priest of Creation." Participatio 5, "The Vicarious Humanity of Christ and Ethics" (2015): 1-17
“They have not seen the stars,” writes Ray Bradbury of the non-human creation in his poem of the same name. Of all the creatures in the world, humanity is privileged to know what it is seeing, to give voice to mute creation, to be priests of creation, as the patristic and Orthodox theologians often speak. What if we consider Christ in his humanity as the priest of creation in terms of T. F. Torrance’s doctrine of the vicarious humanity of Christ? For Torrance, it is not simply the death of Christ that is vicarious, on our behalf, and in our place, but the entirety of his life is atoning, on our behalf and in our place. In three theses Christ the vicarious priest, the intercessor for and advocate of creation, is presented as, 1) the one obedient hearing human word of God, with perfect trust, joy, and worship (Luke 10:21), 2) the intersection between creation and redemption, and 3) the affirmation of creation, yet maintaining its distinction from God.