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1. The task of Christology; Introduction; 2. Dismissing the paradox: Docetics and Ebionites; Early Christianity; 3. Like God in act or in being: Arianism and the 'homoousion'; Council of Nicaea; 4. Neglecting the human mind: Apollinarianism; Church in Alexandria; Church in Antioch - Logos-anthropos; 5. Two natures and one person: the Definition of Chalcedon; 6. Divine and human willing: duothelitism The split the church; 7. The universal presence of the body of Christ: Lutheran Christology; 8. The Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus: a Reformed christology; 9. Reacting to the creeds: Liberalism and the search for the historical Jesus; 10. Modern ways of interpreting Christ: Schleiermacher and Barth; 11. The importance of history: Pannenburg and Wright; 12. Questions that face us today.

About the Author

Dr Alan Spence has been a teacher in Harare, an evangelist in the South African townships, a human rights advocate in Zimbabwe and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. He is now a minister in the United Reformed Church serving two congregations in London, UK.


'This admirably lucid book fills an extremely important gap in the theological market, offering a historical and conceptual introduction to classical and modern Christology. While allowing it to speak for itself, Spence weaves the material into a sensitive meta-narrative, thus offering a coherent and digestible account of the development of Christology. In doing so he brings conceptual clarity to the conundrums encountered along the way, and above all highlights what exactly was at stake at each stage.' --Sanford Lakoff
"[Alan Spence] offers a lucid historical and conceptual introduction to classical and modern Christology... This historical background provides an essential foundation on which to outline later developments and discuss contemporary approaches to the subject." - Reform, April 2009--Sanford Lakoff
"Clearly written and made more accessible for the general reader by its brief chapters and halpul headings" "the book is useful and well argued" --Sanford Lakoff "Pastoral Review "
Negative review - DO NOT USE"This is an adequate introduction to Christology but better ones are available." Lucien J. Richard, OMI, Catholic Library World--Sanford Lakoff "Catholic Library World "
"Christology is a useful book as we continue to refute error and pursue a biblical understanding of Christ amid the swirl of theological 'innovation'." Ian Hugh Clary, Barnabas Spring 2010
"Spence's book serves as an excellent introductory summary that helpfully clarifies the complex and contentious issue of Christology." Religious Studies Review, September 2009
Mention Book News, February 2009
"The excellent seris of introductions entitled A Guide for the Perplexed has a worthy addition in Alan Spence's Christology." The Revd Dr. Paul Goodliff, Baptist Times, January 2010.
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