The Christological Problem

Robert W. Jenson

in Systematic Theology

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145984
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848980 | DOI:
The Christological Problem

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This chapter discusses the relation of deity and humanity and the problem of deity and suffering. It is further explained that our divine savior is not an extra metaphysical entity but the second identity of God, who suffers all the contingencies and evils recorded in the Gospels. An affirmation is made that the one person, God the Son who is Jesus, suffered, bears among us the power of God. Taking upon the doctrine from the 14th-century “Thomas Aquinas of Byzantium,” Gregory Palamas: Jesus as a man “receives in himself the fullness of perfect and full deity,” so that his creaturely actuality, his “flesh” is itself “the infinite fountain of holiness.” Jesus' human action and presence is without mitigation God's action and presence, with whatever that must do to and for creatures.

Keywords: deity; humanity; suffering; metaphysical entity; Jesus; Thomas Aquinas

Chapter.  11835 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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