What is incarnation?

  • (noun): The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc..
    Synonyms: personification
    See also — Additional definitions below


Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient creature (generally a human) who is the material manifestation of an entity, god or force whose original nature is immaterial. In its religious context the word is used to mean the descent from Heaven of a god, or divine being in human/animal form on Earth.

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Lux Mundi
... Lux Mundi A series of Studies in the Religion of the Incarnation is a collection of 12 essays from liberal Anglo-Catholic theologians and edited by the future Bishop of Oxford ... He subsequently remedied Christological deficiency in his 1891 Bampton Lectures, 'The Incarnation of the Son of God' ... Many of the contributors included the word 'Incarnation, in the titles of their articles, i.e ...
Incarnation - Serer Religion
... Serer religion rejects any notion of an incarnation or manifestation of Roog (the supreme deity in Serer religion), called Koox among the Cangin ... When the Serers speak of incarnation, it is these Pangool they refer to, who are themselves holy by virtue of their intercession with the Divine ...

More definitions of "incarnation":

  • (noun): (Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • (noun): Time passed in a particular bodily form.
    Example: "He believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"
  • (noun): A new personification of a familiar idea.
    Example: "The incarnation of evil"
    Synonyms: embodiment, avatar

Famous quotes containing the word incarnation:

    All men, in the abstract, are just and good; what hinders them, in the particular, is, the momentary predominance of the finite and individual over the general truth. The condition of our incarnation in a private self, seems to be, a perpetual tendency to prefer the private law, to obey the private impulse, to the exclusion of the law of the universal being.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    They have their belief, these poor Tibet people, that Providence sends down always an Incarnation of Himself into every generation. At bottom some belief in a kind of pope! At bottom still better, a belief that there is a Greatest Man; that he is discoverable; that, once discovered, we ought to treat him with an obedience which knows no bounds. This is the truth of Grand Lamaism; the “discoverability” is the only error here.
    Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)

    Eddie did not die. He is no longer on Channel 4, and our sets are tuned to Channel 4; he’s on Channel 7, but he’s still broadcasting. Physical incarnation is highly overrated; it is one corner of universal possibility.
    Marianne Williamson (b. 1953)