Journal Articles for “Paradosis 2016: Jesus Christ – For Us Today”
Dr Michael Bräutigam
Europe is faced with the most severe crisis after the Second World War. Over a million refugees arrived last year in Germany alone. Official figures vary as no one really knows the correct number of migrants who crossed the borders overland in Southeast Europe or across the Mediterranean Sea. And we, observing the events from afar, are shocked when we read the stories of those who did not make it over the border alive. Who could ever forget the picture of the drowned Syrian boy who was washed up on the Turkish beach last year.
Dr Greg Forbes
In looking at the topic "Who Did Jesus Think He Was?", we are, of course, dealing with the Christology of Jesus. It is one thing to study the Christology of Paul, the Christology of the church fathers, or the Christology of a particular theologian. However, it is another thing altogether to examine the Christology of Jesus himself.
Dr Thomas Kimber
In 2001, The National Study of Youth and Religion was initiated in the United States. Over the course of the study, more than three thousand teenagers in America have been interviewed about religion and spirituality in order to discover their beliefs about faith and practice and the influence of religion in the lives of youth. Based on the findings of this study, Christian Smith, the director of the project, describes the predominant religion among teenagers in America as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” There are three components that represent this common expression of belief about God and religion.
Rev Dr Andreas Loewe
On a wet, early spring afternoon, on Good Friday 1724, the congregants of Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche witnessed the first performance of Bach’s St John Passion.
For at least a generation, Good Friday in Leipzig’s principal Lutheran churches—St
Thomas’, St Nikolai and the ‘New’ Church—had concluded with the singing of Johann Walter’s chanted Passion. As part of the final liturgical observance of the day, the story of the death of Jesus would be sung, combining words and music in order to reflect on the significance of that day.
Dr Andrew Mitchell
Over recent decades, the consensus interpretation of the second and third petitions of the Lord’s Prayer has played a part in shaping our understanding of the “kingdom of God.” The second petition is often understood both as a prayer for the coming of the eschatological kingdom and for the kingdom to grow in some sense. The third petition is typically understood as a prayer for increase in obedience to God’s will. They are often linked together as more or less synonymous, with the third petition (your will be done) being used as an explanation of the second (your kingdom come).
Dr Christoph Ochs
When it comes to doing theology today — and Christology in particular — we find that “what is true is seldom new, what is new is seldom true.” But, there was a time when this witticism did not apply, when Christology was not fully articulated, not thought through. In fact, the early church had to face constant and potent theological challenges from within and without. And these challenges were faced head on.
Dr Bradley M Penner
The person and work of Jesus Christ is the most important doctrine in the entirety of the Christian faith, and as such every aspect of his personhood and ministry must be scrutinized and delineated to appreciate and comprehend the utter magnitude of God becoming flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. The soteriological ramifications that stem from the necessity of properly understanding who Jesus was and what his contemporary relevance is are immense considering the assertion that if one does not know who Jesus is, then his salvific benefits are of no consequence. Therefore, it is even more imperative that a holistic approach is taken in explicating the person and work of Jesus Christ in order that God may be glorified as lord and saviour of humanity.
MST’s journal is entitled PARADOSIS, a Greek word meaning ‘tradition’. PARADOSIS is chosen as the title of the journal because it expresses the sense that the theological enterprise is a continuous ministry, the ongoing ‘traditioning’ responsibility of the Christian church to carry forward the deposit of faith from the past, while rearticulating it in dialogue with the contexts, mindsets and issues of current culture. PARADOSIS will showcase articles in biblical studies and theology.