What's your Christology?

Today, I’ve been pondering some tough Jesus questions. Knowing that you, intrepid reader, may have an interesting perspective of your own to share, I pose them to you now. Please feel free to respond to any one of the questions, all of them, or something else entirely.

  • Do you think Jesus is fully human, fully divine, half human and half divine, or fully human AND fully divine? Or something else?
  • If Jesus is part or fully divine, what did it mean for him to die?
  • If Jesus is part or fully human, what would it mean for him to rise from the dead?
  • If resurrection is primarily a function of the human body, what differentiates the miracle of Christ’s resurrection from those he caused to rise from the dead (i.e. Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter, the son of the widow at Nain)?

4 Responses to “What's your Christology?”

  1. David Reese Says:

    Hey Tom,

    Jesus is fully human and fully divine. I prefer this Christology because it doesn’t make any rational sense, and makes a lot of heart-sense, you know? God stuff doesn’t make sense anyway, why try having something metaphysical add up to one? You just start with a basic premise that doesn’t make any sense at all. This is also one of the things I like about the trinity.

    So, being divine, what did it mean for him to die? It means that God walks (and, maybe particularly, walked) fully in solidarity with human beings, who sometimes (often) get killed by the empire. I mean, if God can be a human being, then surely God can die, right?

    I also don’t really believe in Hell-as-a-place theology, but I like the harrowing of hell. So there’s that.

    As for resurrection, this means that death is not the final word for those of us who get killed by the empire. Jesus was too angry to stay dead. I think that what differentiates Christ’s resurrection from other resurrections is just that it is God Herself who walks through even death to be with us, to partner with us in the struggle. That’s pretty hot. Or at least, vaguely reassuring.

    xologically yours,

    Also, who do I have to sleep with to get on your friends list? I hope it’s someone cuddly.

  2. Richmond T. Stallgiss Says:

    Fully Human and Fully divine… because it makes so much sense.

    Jesus is the vehicle by which mankind is reconciled with the Godhead. think about it… Jesus was the fusion of Mary (human) and the Holy Spirit (Divine).

    The traditional vehicle for human-divine reconciliation was the atonement sacrifice… an unblemished animal was provided in the place of (as substitution for) the covenant-breaking person. Even since the days of Abraham, God made it clear that he would ‘cover’ both sides of the covenant agreement… God provided the torch and the firepot to both walk through the covenant row… god provided the stag in place of Isaac… God has a habit of providing ‘what is it’ at just the right time to provide for His people.

    Jesus as priest. Jesus as Sacrifice. Jesus as Human flesh. Human.

    Jesus as ‘God With Us’. Jesus as ‘He Saves.’ Jesus as Son of God. Divine.

    It makes perfect sense to me.

  3. John MacFarland Says:

    So you want to spit on the troops, huh Tom? Maybe we could set up and opportunity for you to do that!
    92nd Division

  4. Tom Hoberg Says:

    (For those of you just joining us, this is in reference to the comments on a post over at Patterico’s Pontifications.)


    I was not the one who made the comment about spitting on the troops. That was “Andrew J. Lazarus” and I quoted him in my comment and called him a caricature. I am and have been opposed to this war, but I absolutely support the men and women in our armed forces. (It’s not their fault that they were sent in for the wrong reasons or that the war has been so mishandled from the beginning.)

    FYI, I typically don’t put through off-topic comments that refer to posts elsewhere, but in this case, you did not provide an email address that I could use to contact you otherwise. For future reference, please email me directly with questions like this (see the top right-hand corner of the front page).


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