Symbols of Jesus: A Christology of Symbolic Engagement

Symbols of Jesus: A Christology of Symbolic Engagement

by Robert Cummings Neville
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521807875

ISBN-13: 9780521807876

Pub. Date: 05/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Symbols of Jesus is a systematic theology focusing on what makes Jesus important in Christianity. It studies six families of symbols about Jesus and shows how they are true for some people, not true for others, and not meaningful for a third group. Divine creation is analyzed in metaphysical as well as symbolic terms, and religious symbolism is shown to be wholly

Overview

Symbols of Jesus is a systematic theology focusing on what makes Jesus important in Christianity. It studies six families of symbols about Jesus and shows how they are true for some people, not true for others, and not meaningful for a third group. Divine creation is analyzed in metaphysical as well as symbolic terms, and religious symbolism is shown to be wholly compatible with a late-modern scientific world view.

Robert Cummings Neville here presents and illustrates a theory of religious symbols according to which God is directly engaged in symbolically shaped thinking and practice. Symbols are not distancing substitutes for God. Theology of symbolic engagement is defended as an alternative to doctrinal or descriptive theology.

This major work re-shapes the way we think about Jesus, and will be of value to students, academics, clergy with theological training, and others grappling with the meaning and importance of religious symbols in our age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521807876
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2014
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsxi
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvi
Prologuexvii
Introduction1
A theology of symbolic engagement1
Supernaturalism and metaphysics6
A theory of religious symbols10
The Christological symbols18
1God the Father24
The God of Jesus and metaphysical ultimacy: historical considerations24
A contemporary theory of God as Creator32
Eternity, time, and incarnation44
The Logos and the Holy Spirit55
2Jesus the Lamb of God: blood sacrifice and atonement60
The eucharistic sacrifice61
The need for the blood of the Lamb68
Resurrection79
The Church as ritual sustenance86
3Jesus the Cosmic Christ93
The Cosmic Christ: biblical roots95
Cosmos and habitation: homelessness102
Logos105
Coming home115
4Jesus Christ the Trinitarian Person126
Trinitarian symbols128
The image of God134
Growing into God142
Jesus Christ our communion with God150
5The historical Jesus and the Incarnate Word159
The historical Jesus and the Christ of faith159
Existential location: Jesus Christ and cultural pluralism171
Justice: Jesus Christ and distributive, retributive, and reparative justice180
Piety: Jesus Christ and nature185
6Jesus as friend192
The religious quest192
Jesus the personification of divine love198
Imaginative friendship206
Loneliness, the Cross, and the Abyss217
7Jesus as Savior: the Eschaton224
Jesus the Redeemer229
Jesus the Way236
Jesus the Truth242
Jesus the Life250
8Epilogue: "And the Holy Spirit"257
Bibliography262
Index of biblical passages271
General index275

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