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By Jonathan R. Wilson / Baker Academic / 2001
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God So Loved the World covers the usual ground of contemporary evangelical and non-evangelical Christologies, but it does so in a unique way. Rather than simply discussing doctrine, Jonathan Wilson has incorporated stories, images, and practices from the New Testament that bring out the relevance of an orthodox Christology for the church and for individual believers. For Wilson, Christology is central to the gospel message.
With both his students and contemporary culture in mind, Wilson has developed a postmodern primer that creatively uses the images of Christ’s work to invite “theological reflection that connects believing with living.” As such, it is a “Christology for disciples,” written in a jargon-free manner that effectively communicates to both an academic audience and thoughtful seekers.
The book’s novel approach and accessible style make it ideal for professors, students, educated laypeople, and spiritual seekers who are looking for an orthodox approach to Christology that also seeks to understand more fully the relevance of Christ in our postmodern world.
Essential for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople, this informative volume brings fresh perspectives on theological matters. With the Logos Bible Software edition, searching by topic or Scripture references will further help your understanding—you’ll compare, for example, the systematic theologies of various scholars or denominations.
‘Love does not judge in order to destroy: love judges in order to redeem.’ With many such quotable sentences, Jonathan Wilson in this book offers to disciples at all levels of maturity an enormous gift—genuine theology for the Church’s life! He deftly sifts and sorts, differentiates and delineates to show us specific liabilities and merits of various ancient and postmodern perceptions of Christ and Christ’s work of atonement. Ideas form us, and Wilson’s form us deeply by clarifying core doctrines of our faith. His Christology is profound enough to grow professionals and accessible enough to guide beginners. Its best outcome will be changed lives—including yours!
—Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
A fresh, introductory evangelical Christology which incorporates stories, images and practices of the New Testament to invite ‘theological reflection that connects believing with living.’
Most Christians know more about sports, hobbies, and national politics than about Christian doctrine, observes Wilson, professor of religious studies at Westmont College. Therefore, he introduces theology—and theology about Jesus Christ specifically—for beginners to bridge the gap between theology and the church. . . . This is an interesting and quite original discussion of Christology. It’s an excellent book for evangelical church libraries.
Wilson, a professor of religious studies at Westmont College, writes a clear, convicting, and creative postmodern primer on how to live in the present age by focusing upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is theology—and theology for the life of the church as the community. Many talk about doing this. Wilson has given us a model of how to do it. Wilson employs the narrative themes of the Bible in a way that opens new vistas of insight for modern leaders. This is a highly-recommended book for those who would interact with the modern scene the church must clearly face with a renewed theological vision.
—Reformation & Revival
Jonathan R. Wilson is the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of several books, including Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World and A Primer for Christian Doctrine.