After 300 years as a frontier settlement, Germanna continues to be at the frontier of forging transatlantic ties between America and Germany.
The Germanna Foundation was invited by Baylor University Press to join with the German Embassy to co-sponsor a special book-launch by Germany’s foremost theologian, Dr. Christoph Markschies, the former President of Humboldt University in Berlin.
While for many today the idea of an embodied God is not widely embraced, Dr. Markschies reveals that in antiquity, the educated and uneducated alike subscribed to this very idea. More surprisingly, the idea that God had a body was held by both polytheists and monotheists. Platonic misgivings about divine corporeality entered the church early on, but it was only with the advent of medieval scholasticism that the idea that God has a body became scandalous, an idea that persists in the 21st Century. By studying the religious and cultural past, Dr. Markschies reveals a Jewish and Christian heritage alien to modern sensibilities, as well as a God who is less alien to the human experience than much of Western thought has imagined.