The recent quest for the historical Jesus returns us to the ancient question, “Who do you say that I am?” Amid many images of Jesus (scriptural, creedal, artistic, historical, political, fictional), who is the living Christ for us today? The course investigates christology as an open-ended quest to understand and follow Jesus Christ as the past, present, and future coming of God’s Word, Power, and Wisdom for the redemption of creation. In this quest we will survey modern christology through readings, lectures, and discussion. Guided projects and class presentations will open up a variety of issues in christology today, e.g., feminist and womanist christologies, meanings of atonement, christology in cultural context (African American, Latin American, Asian), and the future of christology in an interfaith age.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Theology (T-300) or equivalent.