In Reason, Faith, and Tradition, why does Martin Albl say that the Christian understanding of Jesus is shocking and offensive?

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In chapter 10.1, “The Incarnation,” Reason, Faith, and Tradition: Explorations in Catholic Theology, Martin Albl delineates some of the common criticisms of the high Christology of Jesus of Nazareth. Albl notes that it is a scandalous assertion that a first-century Jewish carpenter from Palestine serves as the only savior of humankind (particularity) and, even more, that a transcendent God condescended to the level of human beings by having a son (humility).

By underscoring the Christian doctrine of Christ’s particularity, Albl contends in section 10.1.1 that many people will find the singularity of Christ unbelievable, incomprehensible, and unacceptable. He explains the difficulty people have with the idea that, among the myriad religious teachers throughout history, somehow this particular individual’s teaching and death atones for all of humankind’s sins and unites them to the Divine. The author goes on to explain the Christian doctrine of the hypostatic union, the idea that...

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