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Jesus Christ (#04 in Christian Foundations Series)

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With his customary encyclopaedic reach and epigrammatic style, Donald Bloesch turns his attention to the hotly disputed, yet absolutely crucial, subject of the person and work of Jesus Christ. He brings a much-needed clarity to the current christological debate, which,...


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With his customary encyclopaedic reach and epigrammatic style, Donald Bloesch turns his attention to the hotly disputed, yet absolutely crucial, subject of the person and work of Jesus Christ. He brings a much-needed clarity to the current christological debate, which, as Hans Kung noted, "has persisted since the dawn of the modern age and has not yet been resolved."

Drawing on more than forty years of devoted study, Donald Bloesch now brings a much-needed clarity to the discussion. Well apprised of the most recent developments, yet grounded in his own deep Reformed faith, Bloesch goes beneath current reconstructions of the Jesus of history to probe underlying issues of theological method, models of salvation, the plausibility of miracles, the language of faith and the doctrine of sin.

As Bloesch declares, "Christology constitutes the heart of theology, since it focuses on God's work of salvation in the historical figure Jesus of Nazareth, and the bearing that this has on the history of humankind. To know the nature of God we must see his face in Jesus Christ." This important book is a vital exercise in seeing Jesus Christ faithfully and truthfully.

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-- Fourth volume in Bloesch's critically acclaimed Christian Foundations systematic theology.^-- Probes the issues underlying the current debate over Jesus' identity and mission.^With His Customary Encyclopedic Reach and epigrammatic style, Donald Bloesch turns his attention to the hotly disputed, yet absolutely crucial, subject of the person and work of Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ he draws on more than forty years of devoted study to bring much-needed clarity to the ongoing discussion among scholars and the church at large.^Well apprised of the most recent developments, yet grounded in his own deep Reformed faith, Bloesch goes beneath current reconstructions of the Jesus of history (Jewish cynic, itinerant sage, charismatic prophet and so on) to probe underlying issues of theological method, humanity's plight, the doctrine of sin, models of salvation, the Incarnation, the virgin birth, the plausibility of miracles, the relation between law and gospel, the language of faith,
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Donald G Bloesch

Donald G. Bloesch (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has done postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tubingen and Basel and has written numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Christian Foundations Series, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer and Freedom for Obedience. He is also a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • <strong>1. Christ In Dispute</strong>
  • The Pivotal Issues
  • Christologies In Conflict
  • The Road Ahead
  • <strong>2. The Plight Of Humanity</strong>
  • Classical And Modern Views
  • Sin In The Non-christian Religions
  • Sin In The History Of Theology
  • A Biblical Perspective
  • Pitfalls To Avoid
  • <strong>3. The Mystery Of Incarnation</strong>
  • True Humanity And True Divinity
  • Christological Heresies
  • Tensions Between The Churches
  • Modern Restatements Of Christology
  • A Reaffirmation Of Orthodox Christology
  • Appendix A: Implications Of Gender-inclusive Language For Christology
  • <strong>4. The Virgin Birth</strong>
  • The Current Controversy
  • The Traditional Understanding
  • Valid And Compelling Reasons For Believing
  • Valid Reasons For Emphasizing
  • Invalid Reasons For Believing
  • Invalid Reasons For Not Believing
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix B: The Role Of Mary
  • Appendix C: Myth And Reality In The Bible
  • <strong>5. The Preexistence Of Jesus Christ</strong>
  • A Historical Overview
  • Karl Barth's Position
  • Epilogue
  • <strong>6. Christ's Atoning Sacrifice</strong>
  • The Purpose Of The Incarnation
  • Theories Of The Atonement
  • Christ As Our Substitute
  • The Two Poles Of The Atonement
  • Limited Or Universal Atonement
  • Appendix D: The Death Of God
  • <strong>7. Salvation In Evangelical Protestantism</strong>
  • Justification
  • Sanctification
  • Continuing Issues
  • Models Of Salvation
  • Ecumenical Implications
  • <strong>8. Law And Gospel: A Reformed Perspective</strong>
  • Contrasting Postions
  • Distinctive Reformed Emphases
  • Love And Law
  • Call To Discipleship
  • The Ultimate Criterion
  • <strong>9. The Lordship Of Christ In Theological History</strong>
  • New Testament Views
  • Augustine And Aquinas
  • Luther And Calvin
  • Liberal Theology
  • The Contemporary Scene
  • Jesus As Lord And Victor
  • <strong>10. The Finality Of Christ</strong>
  • Christ In The New Theologies
  • A Reaffirmation Of Biblical Christianity
  • An Emerging Confessional Situation
  • Notes
  • Index Of Names
  • Index Of Subjects
  • Index Of Scripture

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