By Gordon D. Kaufman
The newest level of Kaufman's pondering, because it is embodied during this ebook, has attained an admirable simplicity, strength, and relevance to the wishes of our day. He calls us to embrace the creativity that got here vividly to expression in Jesus and within the old trajectory of his impact. Kaufman frees his Christian theology from each hint of mythological and supernaturalist pondering with out diminishing its significance for contemporary global. John B. Cobb Jr. Ingraham Professor of Theology Emeritus Claremont Graduate college The vigorous curiosity this day within the old determine of Jesus is never matched by means of theological advances in realizing his individual and importance for our personal time and worldview. Gordon Kaufman takes up this problem during this daring, speculative paintings. regardless of the fabled problems of conventional Christological phrases, Kaufman seeks to re-envision the logo of Jesus in the modern clinical worldview. development on his concept of God as easily creativity, he right here locates the which means of Jesus' salvific tale inside of an evolving universe and a threatened planet. outdoors the dualistic different types of the biblical worldview, he unearths, the drastically artistic and influential determine of the old Jesus could have a necessary function within the emergence and improvement of the cosmos and human historical past. inside that position, he argues, Jesus, his relation to God, and his centrality to Christian religion turn into clearer and our personal lives and activities tackle a brand new which means. Gordon D. Kaufman is Professor of Theology Emeritus at Harvard Divinity institution. His many very important theological works contain his Essay on Theological process (1975, third variation 1995), Theology for a Nuclear Age (1985), In Face of puzzle (1993), God-Mystery-Diversity (Fortress Press, 1996), and at first . . .Creativity (Fortress Press, 2004)
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The author gratefully acknowledges Harvard University Press, who gave permission draw on In Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology (1993), especially in ch. 3 of this book. Cover image: Vines, by Lou Wall © Lou Wall/Corbis. eISBN: 9781451408904 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kaufman, Gordon D. Jesus and creativity / Gordon D. Kaufman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8006-9634-4 (paperback) 1. Jesus Christ—Person and offices. 2. Creation. 3.
The mark that came to distinguish God decisively from everything else was, as these phrases imply, creativity: everything other than God was created by God; God alone had self-existence, aseity. God was not thought of only as creator, however. Before the Israelites came to believe that their god Yahweh was creator of everything, they had known him6 as a mighty warrior (who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt and who overpowered the Canaanites, giving their land to the Israelites); and he was also a lawgiver, ruler, judge, and so on.
We humans live down here on earth—with some very real joys and achievements, but also many problems and difficulties and failures; there is, however, another world above called heaven, where God’s reign is perfect and complete. In the biblical story it is from heaven that God’s son Jesus came to earth, and it is heaven to which he ascended again in triumph after his death and resurrection. Many today would no longer regard this dualistic world-picture as true literally, but this raises the question, then, of how the Jesus-story is to be understood.