A Fortress Introduction
Publication Year: 2010
While many know of the signal contributions of such twentieth-century giants as Paul Tillich or Karl Barth or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the important work since their time often goes unremarked until some major controversy erupts. Here is a smart and helpful survey of the chief approaches and thinkers in today's understanding of the person, significance, and work of Jesus Christ.
Schweitzer offers an insightful introduction to the contemporary context of Christology, in which basic questions in the discipline (and soteriology) are being rethought in light of globalization, postmodernity, and the contemporary experience of evil.
Schweitzer's volume concludes with a reflection on the recent past and present imperatives of a discipline that virtually defines what Christianity has to offer the present age.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29) continually recurs to those who believe in him as the Christ. Each gen-eration answers it in a variety of ways. This is born out in the Christolo-gies studied in this book. Each reflects something of the context it comes from and how its author experienced this. Yet each also reflects some-...
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This book is an introduction to contemporary Christologies. It examines how fifteen theologians from the past forty years have understood Jesus. It is divided into five chapters, each focusing on a particular way of understanding Jesus’ saving significance as featured in the Christologies of three theologians. These ways of understanding Jesus’ saving signifi-...
Chapter 1: Jesus as Revealer: Karl Rahner, Dorothee Soelle, Roger Haight
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...world came to be replaced in Western societies by another, in which reality is seen in an immanent framework with no intrinsic reference to any transcendent reality. In the dominant ethos of Western moder-nity, the world and humanity are seen as self-sufficient and compre-hensible without reference to God. Here, life is conducted and found ...
Chapter 2: Jesus as Moral Exemplar: Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carter Heyward, Mark Lewis Taylor
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...by such a gift of divine grace, and true charity should not now In this way of understanding Jesus’ saving significance, Jesus saves by making people more loving through the transforming power of his example. The beauty of Jesus’ life and death moves people to actualize more fully their own potential to love, and his example guides people’s ...
Chapter 3: Jesus as Source of Ultimate Hope: James Cone, Jon Sobrino, Elizabeth Johnson
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The use of dramatic images of struggle and terms like victory to describe Jesus’ resurrection reflects the understanding of Jesus’ saving significance found in what Gustaf Aulén called the “Christus Victor” or “classic” type of atonement theory.4 According to Aulén, this was the predominant way of understanding the atonement in the patristic ...
Chapter 4: Jesus as the Suffering Christ: Jürgen Moltmann, Douglas John Hall, Marilyn McCord Adams
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...at work in his death too. Jesus’ death became proclaimed as something he underwent for the salvation of others. His execution is portrayed in the New Testament as a sin on par with the murder of prophets yet also Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109) developed a distinct interpreta-tion of the saving significance of Jesus’ suffering and death.2 Accord-...
Chapter 5: Jesus as Sourceof “Bounded Openness”: Raimon Panikkar, John B. Cobb Jr., Jacques Dupuis
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It’s impossible. He must choose.”2 When asked his opinion, Pi replies, “Bapu Gandhi said, ‘All religions are true.’ I just want to love God.”3 Pi is already a Hindu by birth. He is subsequently baptized a Christian, and he continues to pray as a Muslim. The unfolding of the story soon takes him away from this controversy. In the novel as in real life, the ...
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Coming to the conclusion of this pilgrimage through fifteen contem-porary Christologies from four continents, it is time to reflect on what can be gleaned from them. This can be divided into traditional issues in Christology of continuing relevance and new issues arising from con-Almost all the Christologies studied here developed in theological con-...
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Publication Year: 2010