Understanding The Field Of Christology Needs Perspectives From Above And Christology

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There are two distinctive approaches to examining Jesus’ these include Christology “from below” and Christology “from above”. Christology “from above” emphasizes the divinity of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross, and begins with the divinity of the word that descends into the human world. Whilst on the opposing hand Christology “from below” begins with the humanity of Jesus in his cultural heritage and history and speaks of Christ as an earthly human being. Wesley Wildman (2007) gives a number of terminologies for these two distinct approaches explaining the two phases as Christology of sight (below) versus Christology of belief (above) (Wildman, 2007). I strongly believe the field of Christology needs perspectives from both approaches; each approach can be criticized and commended and will each be looked at in further detail.

Christology “from above” emphasizes the divinity of Jesus and recognizes Jesus as an imperative piece to the holy trinity, indeed the second figure of this holy trinity. This approach moves from Jesus’ divinity, to his place in the trinity, through to his incarnation and later death on the cross which provides us salvation through the sacrament of baptism. Christology “from above” is emphasized in the writings of Peter and in particular John, the fourth gospel writer and was seen as the dominant view of Christology up until the Vatican 2.
In summary, it has a general focus on the divine side of Jesus. There are a number of…

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