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The dichotomization of the christological paradox in the history of Christian thought and critical biblical scholarship

Herman C. Waetjen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1848 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1848 | © 2001 Herman C. Waetjen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Herman C. Waetjen, San Francisco Theological Seminary, USA Research Associate: Department of New Testament Studies University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Again and again throughout the historyof Christian thought theological apologetics has dissolved the great ironic paradox of Jesus Christ into binary oppositions. In these historical contexts cultural relevancy has prevailed, and the underlying philosophical ideology has generated a disastrous subversion of the apologetic formulations of Christology in the New Testament. By calling this dichotomization into question, this essay intends to promote a postmodern hermeneutics that preserves the christological paradox and orients the constituting consciousness of theologians and scholars to both a spirituality of "being-affected-by" the biblical witness to Jesus Christ and a faith that will initiate action toward the transformation of society.

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