By Alan J. Spence
This present day Christology is of shock to either New testomony students and theologians alike and maintains to impress debate in the Church. Christology: A advisor for the puzzled examines the foremost debates and defining moments within the early Church and the Reformation. After a short advent offering a simple definition of Christology, this old heritage offers a necessary origin on which to stipulate later advancements in Christology. Alan Spence then considers the hunt for the historic Jesus, the paintings of the key theologians during this region together with Barth and Schleiermacher, and from the current day, N.T. Wright and Pannenberg, and explores the modern arguments in the box of Christology.
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8) NPNF 2nd IV, p. ’ As the theological dangers from unguarded language became increasingly apparent in the christological discussions of the time, the Church found itself compelled to use more precise theological terminology to protect the truth about the person of Jesus. In due course even the idea of ‘being clothed with a human body’ was recognized as an inadequate way of expressing the reality of the humanity of Jesus and the normative way of describing the incarnation was of ‘the Word of God assuming or taking human nature to himself’.
Every forward step in the christological discussion appeared to generate a new set of questions for further consideration. indd 23 6/2/2008 10:43:48 AM CHRISTOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED We catch a glimpse, even in this cursory sketch, of the Church’s determination to speak with considered precision about the person of Christ. Why had this become a matter of such weight among reflective Christians? Why was it so important for the Church to be correct in what it believed and taught about Jesus’ nature or being?
He argued that the Word, as the governing principle of the life of the incarnate Christ, took the place of the human mind or soul in Jesus. The Logos was both the intelligent principle directing his life and also the animating spirit of his flesh. Apollinarius’ theory was not a heavy-handed attempt to remove all subtlety or nuance from the problem of christology. It was, rather, the work of a careful theologian who had probably gone further than any before him in his consideration of agency in the life of Christ.
Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) by Alan J. Spence