1. What does your personal portrait of Jesus Christ look like?
2. Which Scripture passages, scenes, or stories speak to you most vividly about the person and saving work of Christ?
3. Which titles, names, or phrases do you use to refer to Christ?
4. Who are the people who have taught you about Jesus Christ? What did you learn from them?
5. Which starting point for doing Christology do I prefer? And why?**
On a pad paper or bond paper, write (not with computer but hand-written!) your thoughts about these questions. Write legibly, please.
**For Question no. 5, read Rausch, pp. 1-8.
*Submission date: June 15, 2016 (Wed. class period).
Issues discussed on 6/8/16) and to be familiarized with:
- The significance of the Dual Question of Jesus in Caesarea Philippi
- Road Map for Doing Christology
- Working Definition of Christology
- The "scandal of particularity"
- The meaning of "systematic"
- The two dimensions of Christology: the Person and Saving Work of Jesus Christ
- Jesus Christ as the Object and Foundation of the Christian Faith
- The Sources for the study of Christology
- Theologians in the Bibliography
Helpful Readings on the Starting Point of Christology:
- Karl Rahner, "The Two Basic Types of Christology," Theological Investigations 13 (New York: Seabury Press, 1975), 213-23.*
- Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, "How to Do Christology," in Christ and Reconciliation, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013), 37-51*
Assignment for June 22 (submission time is the class period).
A hand-written reflection of one to two pages on Jürgen Moltmann, "The Therapeutic Relevance of Christology," in The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions (New York: HarperCollins, 1990), 43-46. [Moltmann's book is placed on reserve]