Summary Of Sherwood Anderson's The Incarnation Of God

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“The word "Incarnation"comes from the Latin words "in" and "carnis" which means “flesh."" Flesh is the solid part of our being, the part that we can see and touch, in contrast to our mind, soul, and spirit” According to John 4:24, God in his natural form is a spirit. In God’s plan of salvation, “it was necessary for the Son of God to be revealed to humankind in ways that they could see and touch, and so the Incarnation was a part of the plan-- placing the eternal, immortal, invisible Son of God in a body of flesh”(Lehigh, David). According to the Catholic Church, “The Incarnation of the Son of God does not mean that Jesus Christ is part God and part man, nor does it imply that he is the result of a confused mixture of the divine and the human.…show more content…
The pastor in the story, Chris Hartman, conceals his crippling lust until a hysteric breakdown finally overtakes him in which he claims, “What I took to be a trial of my soul was only a preparation for a new and more beautiful fervor of the spirit. God has appeared to me in the person of Kate Swift, the school teacher, kneeling naked on a bed” (263). This quotation ironically depicts Chris Hartman’s need to validate his sin by claiming to be in the presence of Jesus incarnated as a women, rather than owning up to what is simply carnal…show more content…
The pastor views Kate Swift whom he is lusting after as God, and the speaker in the poem lusts after God directly. They both are in conflict with carnal lust and sexual desire for what they believe to be God in some form, which means that God is causing them to sin. God is the one who came to Earth as the flesh so that sin could be erased, but in the short story and poem, God is the one who is causing the two characters to sin. This reverse effect is the basis for the irony in both “The Strength of God” and “Batter My

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