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Christophobia and the Subjectivist Turn: Welker, God the Revealed, review part 3

Welker concludes his opening section with chapters that outline, explore and attack two phenomena he identifies with the Christian West.

First he discusses Jesus Christ as a cultural icon in Western society "present in manifold ways" with the effect that "his presence is desensitizing" (p28). At the same time as Christ's ubiquitous cultrual presence there is a manifest resistance to any sense in which Christ might shape and influence the lives of individuals and societies in any concrete way. Generally this is present in a form of "Christophobia" (a term coined by Joseph Weiler). Even those who speak in terms of "Christian Europe" or "Christian values"  in fact "operate within a not inconsiderable Christological void" as "they are actually harboring culturally chauvinistic ideas only externally associated with Jesus Christ" (p30). He attacks both the western church in its failure to acknowledge the contextualiza…

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Polyphonic presence: Welker, God the Revealed, review part 2

[picture from here, bears no relation to review, but I like it! Listen here if you're into prog rock.]

Welker (MW) begins with Bonhoeffer, and what MW describes as Bonhoeffer's two legacies. First that "only the suffering God can help us" (p16-18) and second that the kingdom of God encompasses all of human life, that Christian life is essentially "multidimensional, polyphonic" in opposition to the "one-track thinking" of those without faith (p24-27).

While the first "legacy" is part of a well worn theology of the cross, dating back at least to Tertullian and continuing after Bonhoeffer with the likes of Heidegger and Moltman (p17), the second legacy has "hardly been discussed" (p23).

However, MW argues that the two legacies taken together provide a solution for Bonhoeffer's perplexing critique of religion. Bonhoeffer, he argues, refers in his critique of religion to the "religious strategy" that tries to maintain…

ANZABS 2018 program and abstracts

6-7 December, 2018

Venue: Wesley Hall, Trinity Methodist College,

202A St Johns Rd, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072

Thursday 6 December
10.00-10.10 – mihi
10.10-11.00 – Keynote speaker: Robert Myles – Fishing for Eyewitnesses in the Fourth Gospel
11.00-11.30 – Morning tea
11.30-12.00 – Lyndon Drake – Economic Capital in the Hebrew Bible
12.00-12.30 – Anne Aalbers – Resurrection and Celibacy: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
12.30-1.00 – Jonathan Robinson – "And he was with the beasts," (Mark 1:13): Ambiguity,
Interpretation and Mark as a Jewish Author
1.00-2.00 – Lunch
2.00-2.30 – Ben Hudson – Ethical Exhortation and the Decalogue in Ephesians
2.30-3.00 – Csilla Saysell – The Servant as 'a covenant of/for people' in Deutero-Isaiah
3.00-3.30 – Afternoon tea
3.30-4.00 – Jacqueline Lloyd – Did Jesus minister in Gaulanitis?
4.00-4.30 – Mark Keown – Jesus as the New Joshua
4.30 – AGM
Friday 7 December
9.30-10.00 – Ben Ong – Pākehā Readin…

Updated Current Research and Book Reviews

So, my PhD must be going well because I have just spent the morning updating my blog pages for Current Research and brand spanking new Book Reviews page. But it is not just procrastination, it is good to stop and and get an overview.

I had totally forgotten about half the book reviews I had done on this blog, they go back to 2009! I am still working on writing the sort of reviews I really enjoy reading, but now that I'm regularly doing reviews for journals it is great to also review books on this blog where I have stylistic freedom and no space limitations. I had always hoped this blog would be a good source of free books, but while it was a source of free books they were not good ones. Reviewing for journals (as a PhD student) has been much better and is helping me keep my broader education going even as I delve deep into my PhD subject. Looking at my old book reviews helps me realise how far I have come. Hopefully, much growth as a blogger, scholar and human being (perhaps not i…

Michael Welker, God the Revealed: The "Best" Book on Christology? [Review part 1]

So when one of the key note speakers at BNTS, Roland Deines, tells the audience that the best book on Christology is by Michael Welker, and you are (trying) to write a PhD on NT Christology, you better believe I am going to get hold of that book and read it for myself. Here it is folks, freshly arrived from the library interloan.

The book is God the Revealed: Christology(2013), and is a translation of Gottes Offenbarung (2012), which is itself an expansion of his 2004 Gunning Lectures in Edinburgh.

I already like this book, because it is written in short chapters.  I must confess I find the average biblical studies or book chapter too long, and getting through one in one sitting a grind. So my plan is to read a chapter and blog it most working days. That will make a for a long review series but will (hopefully) give you a really good overview of the book.

Welker's (hereafter MW) introduction introduces us to the question of what it means to proclaim "God revealed himself in J…