The Earliest Christologies
:The second century was a religious and cultural crucible for early Christian Christology. Was Christ a man, temporarily inhabited by the divine? Was he a spirit, only apparently cloaked in flesh? Or was he the Logos, truly incarnate? Between varieties...
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:The second century was a religious and cultural crucible for early Christian Christology. Was Christ a man, temporarily inhabited by the divine? Was he a spirit, only apparently cloaked in flesh? Or was he the Logos, truly incarnate? Between varieties of adoptionism on the one hand and brands of Gnosticism on the other, the church's understanding took shape.In this clear and concise introduction, James Papandrea sets out five of the principal images of Christ that dominated belief and debate in the postapostolic age. While beliefs on the ground were likely more tangled and less defined than we can know, Papandrea helps us see how Logos Christology was forged as the beginning of the church's orthodox confession.This informative and clarifying study of early Christology provides a solid ground for students to begin to explore the early church and its Christologies.
James L. Papandrea, MDiv, PhD, is assistant professor of church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He writes, lectures, conducts retreats, and leads days of recollection for people seeking to reenergize and reground their lives.
- :1. Five Images Of Christ In The Postapostolic Age2. Christ As Angel: Angel Adoptionism3. Christ As Prophet: Spirit Adoptionism4. Christ As Phantom: Docetism And Docetic Gnosticism5. Christ As Cosmic Mind: Hybrid Gnosticism6. Christ As Word: Logos Christology (incarnation)7. What, Then, Is Orthodoxy?chart: Christology Continuum