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Christ the Center (Harper's Ministers Paperback Library) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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As a conservative Christian, there were certain things that I do disagree with in Bonhoeffer, such as his acceptance of some historical critical ideas. Nonetheless, the good far outways the bad. In the first section of the book, Bonhoeffer contends that we must not ask the question "how?" when talking of Christ, but of "Who?" The question of how is not to be understood by us, however the question of who is answered when we understand that God was incarnate as man for us. We can only understand Him in so far as he reveals Himself to us and for us. Bonhoeffer contends that Christ is present in the church today through the preaching of the word and the sacraments. Christ is to be the center of all theology, but also of historiography and all other disciplines.
The second part of this book contains a very detailed discussion of Christological heresy. Bonhoeffer defends Chalcedonian Christology, arguing against monophysitism, docetism, nestorianism, arianism and ebionism. There is also a detailed discussion of Lutheran Christology and the communicatio idiomatum. Bonhoeffer defends against liberalism that Christ is indeed a real historical figure, but not only a historical figure. He is the ever present Godman.