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Christology: A Global Introduction 6.1.2003 Edition
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The title is clear enough: this book contains ideas from around the world and across the theological spectrum looking at that ever important question: what was Christ's purpose? This book is designed as a survey, and therefore does not cover every little detail of every little belief about who and what Christ was. However, it does serve as an excellent introduction to these issues.
The book is broken into four different sections: Christ in the Bible, Christ in History, Christ in Contemporary World: Western Christologies, and Christ in the Contemporary World: Contextual Christologies. Some of the theologians/theologies that are looked at include but are not limted to: Karl Barth - Dialectical Christology; Rudolf Bultmann - Mythological Christology; Paul Tillich - Existentialist Christology; Jurgen Moltmann - Messianic Christology; John Hick - Universalist Christology; Jon Sobrino - Christ as Liberator; and Benezet Bujo - Christ as Ancestor.
but this is a WONDERFUL survey of all the streams of thought throughout
Church history and across the globe. I really wish I had this when I was in
the intro. courses at seminary. It is INCREDIBLY ACCESSIBLE and lucid. He
will summarize the unique contribution and distinctiveness of say Locke or
Pannenberg in one sentence, without oversimplifying. Its stunning how
good this guy is at summarizing ideas and contrasting them with others. It
is very irenic too.
Karkkainen is comfortable in his own skin and just unapologetically revels in his ecumenical neo-orthodoxy.
A great read for those secure and mature in their own theology and not looking to adopt Karkkainen's views, but to use him to understand other positions.
See the review preceding this one for a list of topics covered.
Part one includes a survey of the New Testament witness to Christ, beginning with the various Christological titles employed to describe Jesus. Titles such as κύριος and Χριστός—among many others—are expounded upon, thanks to the previous scholarship of James D.G. Dunn, yielding a unity and diversity of Christological viewpoints within the New Testament. Kärkkäinen’s presentation is helpful and succinct because he draws upon current scholarship and is quick to inform the student about the complex theological titles for Jesus. He then turns to Jesus and the Gospels, where the great themes are briefly elucidated: for Mark, suffering and servanthood; for Matthew, kingship and Jewish identity; for Luke, inclusion; for John, the word as life. However, one can always press for more detail: for example, the Lukan theme of ‘eschatological reversal’ is not mentioned, and would have strengthened Kärkkäinen’s contention for inclusion, as Mary’s Magnificat praises YHWH for “bringing down the powerful” and as the one who has “lifted up the lowly” (Luke 1:46-55). The inclusion of women, gentiles and the poor in Luke’s rendering of Christ’s ministry would have helped flesh out this vital contention, as it is a dominant Luke motif.Read more ›
Christology is defined by the Webster Dictionary as "the study of the work and person of Jesus Christ." The Chalcedonian definition failed to resolve the disagreements between Alexandria and Antioch in their approach and theological treatment. Its criticism arose from within the church since the Enlightenment and peaked during early twentieth century. The council of Chalcedon declared that Christ's humanity was 'consubstantial' with ours, but this boundary definition, was short of a concrete understanding of Christ's human nature. Such speculative interpretation, was approached and expounded differently by various theologians.
Kärkkäinen whose ecumenical Christology, was summarized in salvation as union, exposed in his more recent book, "One with God." The author provides a comprehensive review of the topic in which he articulated three basic scopes on Christology. His compressed overview of biblical and historical narratives summarizes studies in Christology over the church history. Inevitably his treatment is selective, causing a gap between the third council and the Reformation. The heart of his ecumenical Christology is his compelling discussion of ten Western Christologies from eminent contemporary theologians including Barth, Grenz, Moltmann, Rahner, Tillich and Zizioulas.
I agree with the informed reviewer that the book is, "A great read for those secure and mature in their own theology.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
give a lot of face time to divergent ideas about the identity of Christ while maintaining a more orthodox stance on a wholePublished 9 months ago by Stephanie James
"Kärkkäinen is correct in his desire not to suppress the plurality of approaches to the person and work of Christ. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. M. S.
Great book to understand global Christology. Used for a Contextualized Theology course I teach. Will use again in 2015.Published 18 months ago by Mark
I truly enjoyed the depth of the discussion offered in the book. A definite academic introduction into matters in Christology.Published on May 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I wanted to review this book, so I ordered a used copy. The book was in good condition, though there are several personal notes written in it, These notes are all that kept me from... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Like much of Kärkkäinen's work, this book is filled with historical formation of the topic, relevance to today western culture and views form the two-thirds world. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Allen Holder