Jesus Christ

John G. Stackhouse

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

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One might fairly assume that, whatever else evangelicals disagree about in theology, they share a common understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ. However, one would be wrong in that assumption. To be sure, evangelicals continue to be Christocentric in their theology just as much as they are in their piety, and evangelical theologians generally continue to aver a basic creedal orthodoxy—even those who represent traditions that maintain a stout anti-creedal biblicism. The current generation of evangelical theologians, however, has discussed a wide range of questions about the received traditions of Christology. And the answers supplied to those questions have excited further explorations in the doctrine of Christ—even as they have also prompted some evangelicals to denounce others as heretics. At the heart of the gospel testimony to Jesus is a narrative, however, not a creed or some other theological summary. This article considers an evangelical theology of Christ by way of key passages in the life of Jesus related to pre-existence, incarnation, recapitulation, inauguration, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; evangelical theology; incarnation; recapitulation; inauguration; crucifixion; resurrection; ascension; evangelicals

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Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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