theological reflections at the intersection of (my) perception with reality
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?"
I'm a theology professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I teach about Kierkegaard and postmodernity, theology and contemporary culture, the doctrine of salvation, theological perspectives on evil and suffering, and contemporary issues in the person and work of Christ. I enjoying cracking the mysteries of "Lost" with my beautiful wife, Sara.