Academic journal article Theological Studies

Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World

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Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World. Edited by Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue, and K. K. Yeo. Majority World Theology Series. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2014. Pp. viii+193. $16.69.

This collection of essays, inaugurating Eerdmans's Majority World Theology series, invites readers to consider the promise of constructive christological reflection in a global church where "almost 70 percent" of Christians live in the "Majority World" (1). All contributors to the volume begin their essay investigating "the relationship between the Christology of the Chalcedonian definition and their own contextual Christological observations and proposals" (3). Kevin Vanhoozer's mapping of different christological tendencies in contemporary theology is balanced by an exploration of early conciliar pronouncements, which are presented as a conceptual articulation of "the underlying biblical ontology" (30). Victor Ezigbo, charting the recent development of African Christologies, actually reads Chalcedon as a lesson in contextualization, and he warns us of the dangers besetting a theology that is oblivious to its own context (40). Ezigbo's essay, no less than Timoteo Gener's overview on Asian Christologies and Martinez-Olivieri's reflection on the relationship between Christology and Latin American liberation theology, clearly shows how contemporary Christologies are rooted in the same confession of faith, but nonetheless require "a plurality of tongues-languages, vocabulary, and concepts" (35). …

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