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“This is a well-crafted, faithfully biblical, meticulously worked out study of the deity of Christ that brings us from the Old Testament through the New Testament, and into the modern world. This is a superb study.”
David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Eight outstanding scholars make a compelling case biblically, theologically and historically for the deity of Jesus. If he is God incarnate then Christianity is true. If he is not, then the Christian faith is false. Powerful arguments are marshaled and convincing evidence is set forth in the volume that demonstrates that Jesus is indeed the God-man. Read this book for your mind as well as your soul. Both will be blessed.”
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Morgan and Peterson are to be commended for putting together another outstanding volume for Crossway's Theology in Community series. The editors have assembled a first-rate group of authors to produce this highly commendable volume. The subject of the deity of Christ is carefully explored and clearly expounded from the perspectives of biblical, historical, and systematic theology. Important and timely applications for apologetics and missiology are also appropriately included. The deity of Christ is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith and The Deity of Christ should be essential reading for faithful followers of Jesus Christ.”
David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

“Nothing should be more important and more interesting to a Christian than Jesus. And nothing is more important or more interesting about Jesus than the fact that he is God. His deity is at the heart of the gospel’s wonder for the believer, and it is the blunt force of the traumatic offense of the gospel to those who disbelieve. I cannot imagine a more important truth to unpack. Morgan and Peterson have organized an indispensable resource for this fundamental doctrine. The Deity of Christ achieves the rare balance between scholarly credibility and accessible practicality. Reading its pages generated waves of worship from each chapter. This volume will inform your mind and feed your soul with the undeniable, undiminished deity of Jesus.”
Rick Holland, Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Prairie Village, Kansas

“In the introduction to this volume, the editors invite you on a journey to discover the biblical, historical, theological, practical, and missional aspects of the deity of Jesus. The book more than delivers on that promise, framing key issues and underlining pertinent points in confronting current movements undermining this crucial doctrine. More than merely a collection of academic essays, this book pulsates with the life of Jesus—evident in the passion of the writers and the life change he has produced in each of them. Affirming the deity of Jesus is not, ultimately, about winning arguments with detractors or proving points to the academy. It is about encountering Jesus! Reading these essays will challenge you intellectually and enrich you spiritually, deepening both your understanding of Jesus and submission to him as Lord. When you fully comprehend the magnificence of our Lord Jesus Christ, no other response will do.”
Jeff Iorg, President, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

“As you read this volume your spirit will breathe a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the editors and writers. They write of the deity of Christ—this north star of Christian doctrines—with fresh perspective and historical foundation, theological depth and personal challenge. The strength of biblical evidence for the deity of Jesus expressed in these pages is wonderfully overwhelming!”
Tom Holladay, Teaching Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California; Purpose Driven Connection; P.E.A.C.E. Plan

About the Author

Christopher W. Morgan (PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Suffering and the Goodness of God.

Robert A. Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including The Glory of God and The Deity of Christ.

Gerald Bray (DLitt, University of Paris-Sorbonne) is research professor at Beeson Divinity School and director of research for the Latimer Trust. He is a prolific writer and has authored or edited numerous books, including The Doctrine of GodBiblical Interpretation, God Is Love, and God Has Spoken.

Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include The Heresy of Orthodoxy, God, Marriage, and Family, The Final Days of Jesus (with Justin Taylor), and God's Design for Man and Woman (with Margaret Köstenberger). Dr. Köstenberger and his wife have four children.

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. Previously, he served as research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College. He is an editor (with Justin Taylor) of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and is the author of several books, including The Reformation, For Us and for Our Salvation, The Church History ABCs, and Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life.

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including the Preaching the Word commentary on Isaiah, as well as a contributor to the ESV Study Bible. He and his wife Jan have four children.

Stephen J. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He is also the coauthor (with Peter Gentry) of Kingdom through Covenant.


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Product Details

  • Series: Theology in Community (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349795
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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We live in an American culture where it is fashionable to make Jesus everything you want Him to be. Unfortunately, the Jesus of too many American's, and Christians none-the-less, is not the Jesus presented in the Bible. If the Burger King slogan "Have it Your Way" were to have a Christological bent, then the slogan for the Jesus of America would be "Jesus, Have Him Your Way."

The Deity of Christ (Theology in Community Series) ed. by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson is a clear call amidst the often confusing voices claiming to present the Jesus of the Bible and history. Amidst the quagmire of the `everyone Jesus' and in a world where Jesus has been reduced to my homey and `BFF', this book brings us back to the center of Christology. This book draws us to one of the most foundational attributes of the Jesus Christ the Son of the living God - his deity.

In the opening chapter, The Deity of Christ Today, Stephen J. Nichols bounces off the work of Stephen Prothero and argues that we have gone from a creedal Jesus, to a human Jesus that is close and ended up with a Jesus that has liberated itself from Christianity and the Bible (p. 27). Stephen points out that there have been many attempts within our American culture to present Jesus. Movies like The Passion of Christ, consumerism and our nifty slogans and even politics where Jesus is somehow on everyone's side, show us that our cultural attempts to display Jesus have left us with "personal Jesuses who look far more like their makers than like the Jesus of sacred Scripture and the historical creeds (p.31)."

So how do we save ourselves and our culture from the Jesus of our own making? Nichols suggests that we need to get back to the tradition of the creeds and the tradition of Scripture.
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It is difficult to review a non-fiction book that has several contributing author's. So I will address two points.
1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the book
2. Did the book address the goal from the introduction, "key theological themes and apply them to contemporary concerns."

1. One of the strengths in the book is that the reader has a variety of authors to choose from. Meaning differing teaching and writing styles. Where as one author maybe a little dry in his writing, rather like a lecture filled college classroom, the next chapter will have an author that has more energy and personableness.
Another strength is the reader has the ability to glean from a background of people that have studied and taught from a seminary.
Another strength is that these authors have varying denominational backgrounds. A few from European Universities.
The main strength is that I felt each of the author's (even though from differing denominations and universities and personalities) worked together as a whole to address The Deity of Christ.
The only weakness I found was that the book was written for Christians that have above average Bible knowledge. I know more Christians that do not read and study the Bible than those that do, because of that there would be a smaller amount of people that would be interested in reading this book. Some might would be put off by its weighty theology material. As for me I loved this book and there were three chapters that I read twice.

2. Yes, I felt the book did address "key theology themes" and applied them to our current culture.
In chapter 1 entitled The Deity of Christ Today written by Stephen J. Nichols. He wrote on how through the generations Jesus was looked at or perceived in a certain way.
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I want to thank Crossway Books for sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review for those who follow my reviews and blog page.

I usually go through a book fairly quickly, but must admit that this book I have taken more time to go through and find myself going back over sections at a time. It's not because the book is difficult to read, it is because the material is so valuable and there is much to digest.

The book is a compilation of short Essay's on the topic of the Deity of Christ. Each Essay is well done and touches on a different aspect of the Deity of Christ. Chapters include the following;

The History of the debate on the Deity of Christ
Christ in the Old Testament
Christ in the Synoptic Gospels
Christ in John's Gospel
Christ in the Apostolic Witness
Christ in John's Letters and Revelation
Towards a Systematic Theology of the Deity of Christ
The Deity of Christ and the Cults
The Deity of Christ for Missions, World Religions and Pluralism

While the book is going to delve into the reasons that we can believe in the Deity of Christ we need to understand an underlying principle that was used in bringing this volume together. That principle is this, "We are writing from the perspective that we believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God, inerrant and useful for teaching." If you doubt the inerrancy of scripture or that it is truly the Word of God then you will need to tackle that subject in another text before going through this book.

That said, this book is well done, easy to understand for both laymen and clergy. There are a huge number of Biblical references that you can use to develop good teaching outlines for Sunday School classes as well as small groups.
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