Christology (Guides For The Perplexed Series)
Christology, the study of the nature and person of Christ, is a confusing and complex subject for even the most advanced student. Hotly debated from the origins of the early church, the subject caused the first major schism with the...
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Christology, the study of the nature and person of Christ, is a confusing and complex subject for even the most advanced student. Hotly debated from the origins of the early church, the subject caused the first major schism with the Christian church.
^Today Christology is of concern to both New Testament scholars and Theologians alike and continues to provoke debate within the Church. In this Guide for the Perplexed, Alan Spence guides the reader through the maze of arguments to give a clear understanding of this subject. After an introduction providing a basic definition of Christology, Spence examines the key debates and defining moments in the early Church and the Reformation.
This historical background provides an essential foundation on which to outline later developments in Christology. Later chapters consider the Quest for the Historical Jesus, and the work of the major theologians in this area including Barth and Schleiermacher and from the present day, NT Wright and Pannenberg. Spence concludes by looking at contemporary arguments within the field of Christology.
Christology is an area hotly debated among New Testament scholars and Theologians, this new Guide for the Perplexed leads the reader through the arguments, debates and definitions to produce a fascinating guide to the subject.>
Dr Alan Spence has been a teacher in Harare, an evangelist in the South African townships, a human rights advocate in Zimbabwe and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. He is now a minister in the United Reformed Church serving two congregations in London. He is the author of Incarnation and Inspiration: John Owen and the Coherence of Christology, The Promise of Peace: A Unified Theory of Atonement and Christology (Guides For The Perplexed).
- 1. The Task Of Christology; Introduction; 2. Dismissing The Paradox: Docetics And Ebionites; Early Christianity; 3. Like God In Act Or In Being: Arianism And The 'homoousion'; Council Of Nicaea; 4. Neglecting The Human Mind: Apollinarianism; Church In Alexandria; Church In Antioch - Logos-anthropos; 5. Two Natures And One Person: The Definition Of Chalcedon; 6. Divine And Human Willing: Duothelitism The Split The Church; 7. The Universal Presence Of The Body Of Christ: Lutheran Christology; 8. The Holy Spirit In The Life Of Jesus: A Reformed Christology; 9. Reacting To The Creeds: Liberalism And The Search For The Historical Jesus; 10. Modern Ways Of Interpreting Christ: Schleiermacher And Barth; 11. The Importance Of History: Pannenburg And Wright; 12. Questions That Face Us Today.