In the upcoming TNT podcast with Tripp Fuller, we have promised to tackle the difficult topic of Christology. I have proposed a format of Christology from above vs. Christology from below. Tripp has some mild concerns about this formation (as you can hear in the last 10 min. of the most recent TNT) .

As I prepare for this Theology Nerd Throwdown, I thought  the best approach would be to set the parameters for what we would discuss ahead of time. I’m doing this for 2 reasons:

  1. Christology is such an expansive topic and
  2. We can’t have every conversation in an hour.

I have decided on a U-D-L-R (Up -Down -Left – Right) set-up for the parameters of the exchange.  

BUT – I also thought it would be best to throw this idea out to the deacons to make sure that I haven’t overlooked anything or missed an opportunity.

SO here are my boundaries I plan to throw out at the beginning of the Throwdown.

 To the Top: We will not assume that Jesus is some sort of “super-being” who was not in any way human and was only disguised as one to fool the powers and satisfy the wrath of God.

 To the Bottom: We will not go below “Jesus as merely a human” – BUT we need to clarify what was it about this man that made people think he was more than human?

 To the Left: We will not go the point where Jesus is the satisfaction of all religious conceptions and following any path as faithfully as Jesus followed his path will land you where you need to go.

To the Right: We will not pretend that unless you follow Jesus as we follow Jesus that you have no shot to land in the good place where we land.

As I conceive of them, these are the four parameters to be observed.

Inside of this,I think there is a vital conversation to be had!

What did I miss?
How could I frame this better?
How would you frame it if you had a blank slate (start from scratch).

Looking forward to your thoughts … and to the conversation next week.

If you are looking for a good introduction to Christology I recommend “Christology: a Global Introduction” by Karkkainen