Fidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in the Twentieth Century

Fidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in the Twentieth Century

by Wesley J. Wildman
     
 
The task of interpreting the religious significance of Jesus Christ takes shape in this book with the tension determined by two goals: fidelity to the classical Christological tradition, which draws our attention to Jesus in the first place, and plausibility with respect to all forms of contemporary knowledge. To ignore the classical tradition is to assume

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The task of interpreting the religious significance of Jesus Christ takes shape in this book with the tension determined by two goals: fidelity to the classical Christological tradition, which draws our attention to Jesus in the first place, and plausibility with respect to all forms of contemporary knowledge. To ignore the classical tradition is to assume uncritically that contemporary plausibility structures are beyond question, while to forsake plausibility is to embrace the irrationalism of the theological ghetto-dweller. This book argues that maintaining this tension in our time can be achieved only with a modest interpretation of Jesus Christ, one that repudiates the hermeneutical absolutism associated with affirming that Jesus Christ is uniquely, exhaustively, unsurpassably significant for revelation and salvation.

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Interprets the history of Christology as being defined by a central distinction between those who assign to Christ an absolute role and those who do not. Wildman (theology, Boston U.) argues for the latter, what he calls "modest", view. He claims that modest Christologies are more faithful to the actual history of Christological development than are absolutist ones, and that the absolutist view can be shown to be incongruous with much that we have come to know about human history and the cosmos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"This book's scope is unusually wide: it truly deals with Christology across the whole range of relevant issues—philosophical, historical, scientific, religious. It has a clear, consistent thesis: the advocacy of 'modest Christologies.' The thesis has significant originality, for Wildman points out strikingly the way in which 'modest' Christologies need not be 'low' ones and the way in which Christologies may make many 'modest' sounds and still remain structurally 'absolute.' The book is organized with clarity and briskly written—rarely lingering on a subject once the argument has been made. The topic is highly significant—Wildman addresses core questions of a core subject." — S. Mark Heim, Andover Newton Theological School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791435960
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
441
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.04(d)

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Meet the Author

Wesley J. Wildman is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston University. He is coeditor with W. Mark Richardson of Religion and Science: History, Method, Dialogue.

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