Christology From Within and Ahead: Hermeneutics, Contingency and the Quest for Transcontextual Criteria in Christology

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Troeltsch's struggle with historicism sets the stage for a proposal that Christology be done from within and from ahead. Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics and Schleiermacher's experiential theology inform a Christology from within that is rooted in tradition and experience, while Pannenberg's notion of proleptic eschatological fulfilment serves as resource for a Christology from ahead.
This volume develops a hermeneutical Christology that takes into account the historical contingency of knowledge, and seeks a Christology beyond the objectivism of timeless truth and the relativism of absolutised contextuality.
The book is concluded with an examination of the convergence of critical traditionality, experiential appropriation and eschatological prolepsis in the Christology of the apostle Paul. The author explores how Christology might respond to the scandal of universality in postmodernity without defaulting on its claim to transcontextual referentiality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004118447
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/14/2000
  • Series: Biblical Interpretation Series, #49
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L.Y. Chan, Ph.D. (1998), University of Nottingham, is Senior Vice-President and Resident-Theologian of Eagles Communications, Singapore. He also serves as adjunct faculty with various theological colleges in Singapore, lecturing in the different areas of Theology and Hermeneutics.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Historical Contingency and the Question of Truth in Christology 5
Ch. 2 A Christology From Within - Tradition (I): The Hermeneutical Rehabilitation of Tradition 70
Ch. 3 A Christology From Within - Tradition (II): Dynamics of a Traditionary Christology 107
Ch. 4 A Christology From Within - Experience: Toward a Christology of the Heart 162
Ch. 5 A Christology From Ahead: Eschatological Prolepsis and Christology as Universal Truth 209
Ch. 6 Christology From Within and Ahead: Tradition, Experience and Eschatology in Paul's Hermeneutical Christology 261
Conclusion 300
Bibliography 307
Index of Names 345
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