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Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics
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Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics


Fortress Press 2012

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Jane Barter Moulaison’s remarkable book engages contemporary critical understandings of Jesus Christ—including the postcolonial, feminist, pluralist, ecological, and socialist—to argue that the core convictions of traditional Christology remain a viable, valuable, and even indispensable witness to the Gospel in an imperiled world.

Contemporary theology often makes a virtue of deconstructing traditional claims about the person and work of Christ. Claims about the central significance of Jesus Christ appear to be oppressive, intolerant, and even violent. Jane Barter Moulaison engages several contemporary Christological critiques of classical Christology and argues that such critical theologies are not undermined by the claim of Christ’s central significance but are rather radicalized by it. She ably rereads the tradition that seeks to interpret Christ’s saving activity in light of several contemporary theological and political concerns. In so doing, she suggests that there are extraordinary resources available to those who long for political and material transformation precisely through the abandonment of spiritualized answers to Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?”

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Key Features

  • Engages several contemporary Christological critiques of classical Christology
  • Explores contemporary critical understandings of Jesus Christ
  • Discusses the core convictions of traditional Christology


  • “We Believe in One Lord, Jesus Christ”: Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship in the Midst of Empire
  • “Begotten of the Father before All Worlds”: Jesus Christ and Creation
  • “By Whom All Things Were Made”: Use and Enjoyment of Theological Language
  • “Very God of Very God”: Proclaiming Christ’s Divinity in a Pluralist Age
  • “He Was Crucified for Us under Pontius Pilate”: Proclaiming the Cross in a Violent World
  • “To Judge the Quick and the Dead”: Christ and the Redemption of Memory

Praise for the Print Edition

Critically relating Nicene Christologies to postmodern theories and the urgent concerns of ecological, feminist and other praxis-oriented theologies, Moulaison illuminates current issues and uncovers empowering resources in the Christian tradition for addressing them. A thought-provoking and important work—not to be missed.

—Don Schweitzer, McDougald Professor of Theology, St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon

In Thinking Christ, Jane Barter Moulaison argues that classical Christian doctrines about Jesus, far from implying a mindless affirmation of the status quo, are bursting with critical and creative potential. She embodies a kind of ‘radical Christian humanism’ in the tradition of Karl Barth, William Stringfellow, and Rowan Williams—and behind them the ancient doctors of the church, with their strange teaching about a crucified God. Beyond the ideological captivities of both the left and the right, Moulaison invites us to do our thinking at the foot of the cross. An intellectual adventure not to be missed.

Joseph L. Mangina, professor of theology, Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology

Thinking Christ combines the best of modern critical theory with a thorough retrieval of Nicene Christology. Moulaison delves into the Nicene teachers in order to address the gap between our modern hermeneutics of suspicion and the root meaning of early church wrangling to understand the second person of the Trinity. She is not afraid to make ontological claims, and is unwilling to dumb down or lighten up the positions crafted by the pastors of late Antiquity as they struggled with the interface between Christian faith and Roman/Greek culture. It is written in flowing prose, asks engaging questions, and presents cogent arguments. A must read for anyone interested in “thinking Christ” today.

—Cynthia Crysdale, professor of Christian ethics and theology, School of Theology, University of the South

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About Jane Barter Moulaison

Jane Barter Moulaison is associate professor of theology and church history, University of Winnipeg, and is author of Lord, Giver of Life and editor of The Future of Theological Education in Canada. She is also a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.