Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jesus = God?

"I suppose I want to say there that the critical thing about being a Christian is not that we know who God is ahead of time and then fit Jesus into that package, but that we take the risk, as John 1:17ff tells us to take, and Colossians 1 and so on, of looking hard at Jesus and thinking the word “God” as we do so, if I can put it like that, and then drawing our appropriate conclusions. That means you cannot pre-judge who Jesus is by some template, e.g., the picture you have of God at the moment, and therefore I see this as actually committing each generation of the church to look even longer and harder at who Jesus really was – the real human being Jesus – in the faith that it’s when you discover this Jesus that you discover who God really was."

From Tom Wright speaking in conversation with James Dunn.


  1. Hey there Jonathan,
    I just LOVE the way he puts this. He's something of eloquent.
    Nice posts dude! I'm subscribing in G-reader now :)

  2. Thanks Dale, welcome!

  3. I'm only halfway through the conversation, but I have to say that I'm really enjoying it. Both parties speak quite frankly, and yet there is clearly respect and consideration for each other in their discussion.

    As you have said before, it's easy to come up with a lot of adjectives about a theoretical God, but the more that we learn about Jesus - the man - the more we learn about God.

    P.S. I'm still trying to find an example of where Jesus changed his mind.