Sunday, May 25, 2008
Who Do You Say Jesus Is? A Contextual Christology Assignment
Below is the final assignment I gave to my "Christological Studies Today" course. Why only let my paying students have all the fun. Why don't you take a shot at it yourself? After all, there is no more important question than, "Who do you say Jesus is?"
Throughout this course we have approached Christology intentionally through the lens of context. There are at least three operative, obvious contexts in the task of constructing a Christology: (1) the original historical and narrative context (inscribed in Scripture), (2) the post-biblical creedal interpretive context (Nicea-Constantinopolitan and Chalcedonian creeds), and (3) one's current theological, philosophical, cultural, political, ideological context.
The primary question of this paper is this: In light of the distinct challenges raised by all three (and more) of these contexts, how would you articulate your Christology? In short, "Who do you say Jesus is?"