The author expresses agreement with Thomas Baima that scripture is clear in teaching a correlation between Jesus the Incarnate Word and the church as the body of Christ. He expands on the areas of agreement and proposes Acts 9:4–5 as strongly making this same point. Then he presents why Evangelicals might “express discomfort” with the phrase used by Pope Francis and introduced into the dialogue at Mundelein by Robert Barron: “the prolongation of the Incarnation.” To overcome this discomfort, certain qualifications need to be made. The primary one is to distinguish the Incarnation and the Ascension as unique and unrepeatable divine events in salvation history. We need language that distinguishes the Incarnate Body of Christ, the Risen Body of Christ, and the Mystical Body of Christ in a way that shows their uniqueness and their relationality.
Higgins, Craig R.
"An Evangelical Response to Thomas Baima’s “The Prolongation of the Incarnation”,"
Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture: Vol. 6
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/claritas/vol6/iss2/10