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Christ the Key (Current Issues in Theology) Hardcover – 10 Dec 2009
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'Tanner is a fluent, careful writer who has a wide range of historical scholarship at her fingertips, which she deploys with a deft hand to a series of problems besetting modern theology.' Theology
Drawing on the history of Christian thought to develop an innovative Christ-centered theology, Christ the Key sheds fresh light on major theological issues such as the imago dei, the relationship between nature and grace, the Trinity's implications for human community, and the Spirit's manner of working in human lives.See all Product description
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Michael Root's review of "Christ the Key" is enlightening, "To say that Christ the Key is strikingly well done, however, is not to say that it is right. Again and again, I was forced to wonder whether Tanner sees rightly the integrity of the human creature and the structure of human agency in relation to God. Taking up the important but subtle Catholic debate of whether human nature is oriented to grace by a natural desire for grace, she cuts the Gordian knot by rejecting the entire Thomist“Aristotelian terminology of desires rooted in human nature. Rather than arising from human nature, the desire for God comes from God’s gracious presence, a presence necessary for human well-being. The issues here are subtle, but I wonder whether the integrity of the creature has been given its due."
"More problematically, the assumption of human nature by God in Christ seems, for her, to be straightforwardly redemptive for everyone who shares that nature. “Christ is one with us in virtue of our humanity whatever we might do . . . . Via the hypostatic union, we are wrapped around with something we cannot get rid of, something that therefore inevitably makes itself felt in all that we go on to become.” We are justified not by faith or the sacraments, but by the Incarnation itself: “The incarnation of the Word in human flesh, in other words, is the primary form of God’s own attachment to us by which we are justified . . . . Faith is something that is going on in us as a result of our being justified through attachment to Christ and the gift of the Spirit thereby.” Tanner explicitly rejects the possibility that faith or love are what attaches us to Christ, since either view unduly elevates a human action."
"What she seems to be saying is not only that the Incarnation brings about a change in the objective situation of every person but that the Incarnation also redeems and justifies all persons. (I say seems because she never quite puts the assertion this flatfootedly, and she does make passing reference to baptism uniting us to Christ.) Nonetheless, in Christ the Key , the moment of human appropriation becomes a matter of sanctification, something not intrinsic to justification. Such an assertion disagrees not only with the Council of Trent but also with the Protestant Reformers and, I would think, the clear meaning of Scripture. Has the element of human interaction with God fallen away before a divine unilateralism?"
"The same worry crops up in Tanner’s discussion of atonement and sacrifice. She wants to do justice to criticisms of penal and forensic understandings of the Cross, and she offers a nuanced account of the saving significance of the Cross within her own Incarnation-centered scheme. The Cross”where the incarnate Word takes on human sin in its depth and purifies it”is about overcoming and even sanctifying death. In a sense, the Cross is the culmination of the Incarnation’s encounter with a sinful world."
"What Tanner rejects is any notion that the Cross also has an orientation back toward God, as, for instance, a satisfaction of divine justice (or the satisfaction of an aspect of God’s creative intent for humanity, Anselm’s real point). Such a rejection is not uncommon in modern theology, but it overlooks the significance of human sinfulness as responsible action, an action that even God takes seriously. (In line with Tanner’s overall outlook, the introduction of sin into humanity is seen as a function of human immaturity when the gifts of grace are first given.) In truth, while Western Christianity may have relied too heavily on juridical categories in the past, such categories express an essential point about human agency and its responsibility."