Yeo's final essay on Christology in China provides a fitting conclusion to the collection, emphasizing the need for new contextual Christologies
that are in continuity with the tradition.
Part 1 introduces contemporary African Christologies
, providing the historical and theological contexts and examining issues relating to sources, methods, and contextual relevance.
For example, discussions of the Reformed and Calvinist practices undergirding secularism and the relationship between evangelical Christologies
and nationalism would profit from more detail.
Chalcedon, in his opinion, therefore, would and should continue to shape the Christologies
of the future and play a "normative", "non-prescriptive" and "theologically definitive" role in them.
Two principal tasks facing multiple post-Gulag Christologies
in Eastern Europe, I suggest, consist in moving (1) from an eschatology focused almost exclusively on the afterlife to a realized eschatology that includes attention to the reign of God as an already present reality, and (2), in Bernard Lonergan's terms, from a classicist to a historical worldview.
The third part, "Christ in the Contemporary World: Western Christologies
," deals not only with the well-recognized classics (by Barth, Bultmann, Tillich, Rahner, Moltmann, and Pannenberg) but also with work of the Eastern Orthodox theologian Zizioulas, the Anabaptist Kraus, the evangelical Grenz, and the pluralist Hick.
Obviously, this assertion carries with it certain presuppositions, namely that historical criticism and the modern worldview render orthodox Christologies
However, while these models and their christologies
are presented as complementary, a priority will in fact be given to the bestowal model: it will turn out that the details of the bestowal model's christology will oust those suggested by the procession model.
21) Throughout the nineteenth century into the early twentieth, leading thinkers such as Elert promoted Christologies
based solely on Christ's historical appearance, on the "face" of Christ.
14), developing the various Christologies
implied in Jesus' self-interpretation and taking to the world the news of what God has done, and still does, through him.
As in some recent Protestant philosophical Christologies
, the classical tradition remains the best option.
Since "theologians as diverse as Cyril and Nestorius, Chalcedonians and non-Chalcedonians, Maximus the Confessor and Monothelites all claimed Gregory's authority for their own doctrinal ends" (227), Hofer is more than doubtful about the adequacy of the Dogmengeschichte approach for the different Christologies
before Chalcedon, and especially for Gregory's very distinctive account of Christ.
These earliest Christologies
attempt to bring out the meaning of the person and work of Jesus for human community in relation to God; they did not purport to fix the place of Jesus within the divine substance.
The commonality in their dissimilar routes lies in their highly problematic (to this reviewer), non-Trinitarian Christologies
and reductive ecclesiology.
seemed to present a very complete picture of Christ's humanity and to suggest that Christ acquires his divine status through some sort of inspiration by the Word of God, conceived as an impersonal divine power.