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4.0 out of 5 stars Much of interest here, 25 Dec 2013
This review is from: JESUS SYMBOL OF GOD (Paperback)
This volume is a magisterial survey of Christology from biblical times to the present, filled with useful summaries of a wide array of complex and difficult issues. It is a helpful reference for students, pastors and teachers - even for those who may disagree with Haight's conclusions. Haight's goal is an ecumenical re-interpretation of Christian faith in a postmodern world saturated with historical consciousness and cultural and religious pluralism. Haight approaches Christology 'from below,' beginning with Jesus of Nazareth as a human figure and concluding with a 'high' Christology which affirms his divinity. Though he acknowledges the legitimacy of both 'Logos' and 'Spirit' Christologies, Haight considers the latter more in harmony with contemporary sensibilities.

In considering the relation between Jesus and other religious traditions, Haight proposes a pluralistic theology which sees all religions as mediations of God's salvation. Though he asserts the universal normativity of the revelation of God in Jesus, he also recognizes the validity of other major religious traditions. Much of Haight's analysis can thus be applied to the world's theistic traditions, Haight seeing faith as 'a universal form of human experience' that 'entails an awareness of and loyalty to an ultimate or transcendent reality,' and claiming that 'all authentic and lasting religious experiences display the character of having been given gratuitously by God.'

That the author has got into trouble with the Catholic Church is for me an additional bonus. For anyone with an open mind, this work has much that is most useful for the future of serious theology (as opposed to those preferring a 'batten down the hatches' apologetics).
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