Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning by Tatha WileyThinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning by Tatha Wiley

Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning

EditorTatha Wiley

Paperback | October 22, 2003

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This is a textbook on Christology for the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary market written by eleven distinguished North American Roman Catholic theologians. The structure of the book and of the individual essays follows a pattern of recovery (analysis of the tradition), critique (consideration of special problems), and reconstruction (distinctive Christologies in the contemporary American context). Part I, devoted to historical recovery, treats Jesus of Nazareth and the significance of historical Jesus research for Christology today; Christological developments resulting in the conciliar definitions of Nicaea and Chalcedon; and diverse conceptions of Christ's redemption in the early and medieval church. Part II treats four problems in modern debate: religious pluralism and Christian exclusivist claims; theological anti-Semitism embedded in Christological formulations; legitimation of male privilege via appeals to the masculinity of Jesus and Christ's headship of the church; the use of the Christ symbol to legitimate colonialism and racial exploitation. Finally, Part III offers two examples of contemporary Christologies of social transformation: mujerista Christology and black Christology. Contributors: Lisa Sowle Cahill, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Roger Haight, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Robert Lassalle-Klein, William Loewe, John Pawlikowski, Jamie Phelps, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Gerard Sloyan, and Tatha Wiley.
Tatha Wiley teaches at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Thinking Christ and Paul and the Gentile Women.
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Title:Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, MeaningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.11 × 6.05 × 0.58 inPublished:October 22, 2003Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082641530X

ISBN - 13:9780826415301

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"As I write this review the din surrounding Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' continues to increase. Whether one applauds the film for its purported faithfulness to Gospel texts or laments it as a tragic instance of Christian anti-semitism, the movie-at the very least-has ignited questions on the person of Jesus Christ within the church and beyond. Amid the cacophony appears Tatha Wiley's wise and provocative volume, gathering eleven prominent Roman Catholic theologians of our time. Reading it adds clarity to the issues of Gibson's movie and poses challenges for the church's confession of Christ as Lord in light of historic abuses. " The book's movement follows the threefold pattern of recovering classical Christology, naming its blind spots, and reconstructing doctrine for a North American context. Wiley's splendid introduction suggests 'there have always been many Christologies' (7). Her essay focuses chiefly on the contemporary challenges of articulating these many faces of Jesus and the salvation he brings....Wiley concludes her essay with a strong endorsement of ascending Christology, beginning with the historical events of 'Jesus' life, ministry, and effects on those around him' (18), and suggests that valuing history yields fruit as the church addresses issues of cultural diversity, religious pluralism, and sexism.... "Though some pieces are more technical than others, the eleven essays that comprise Thinking of Christ are equally compelling. Amid the contention over what it means to confess Jesus as the Christ, this book is a welcome addition indeed." -Insights: The Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary