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Christology: The Jesus Of Today

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Christology is a branch of theology relating to the person, nature, and the role of Christ. (Hill Fletcher) In other words, Christology is examining who Jesus Christ is and was. Jesus is the central focus of the Catholic faith and who is he and what he speaks for is central to what it means to be a Catholic. The features of different Christologies allow Christians to debate and discover what Jesus Christ means today in the twenty-first century. To Marcus Borg, the Post-Easter Jesus is the Jesus of today. In his article, he articulates two different Jesus’ - the historical Jesus of the past and the Jesus Christ of today. The Jesus of today is the one after the resurrection. According to Borg, that Jesus is “not simply an object of belief…show more content…
We experience this Jesus through the Gospels, the Creeds, and the entirety of the New Testament. Jesus is alive today through the ways people can experience him. Borg relies heavily on metaphors to interpret Jesus. Followers created these metaphors after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which help interpret Jesus’ relationship with God. The first one he uses is a common phrase in the Christian dialogue. Borg describes Jesus as the Son of God. This phrase is nothing new and its true meaning can be lost thanks to its common usage. The term Son of God is used to illustrate the “intimacy of [the] relationship between Jesus and God”. (Borg 14) This means God is the father and Jesus is the son. This allows Catholics to see Jesus is part of God and close to him as a son would be for a father. The…show more content…
Cone believes that the “task of black theology to make theology relevant to the black reality”. (110) In other words, theology must be made relevant to what groups face today. This can be done by understanding who Jesus was because “that is the only way to assess who he is”. (Cone 113) This requires going back to the New Testament and to see who Jesus of Nazareth was and what he stood for because that is still who he is today. According to Cone, Jesus is the Oppressed One - someone who was with the poor, outcasts, and sinners. (114, 115, 117) From his birth to his death, Jesus was someone who was for the poor and sinners. He never was one with the wealthy. This is still who Jesus is today; he is with the oppressed today. This is why Cone describes Jesus as the “black Christ”. (121) Today, blacks are oppressed in society and they can use Jesus as someone they can relate to because he was oppressed when he was alive. The oppressed Jesus is the one who lives today. It makes sense for Jesus to be black because as white he could not be oppressed and that is not who Jesus is according to Cone. For Cone, Jesus is the black Christ who speaks for every oppressed group in the
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