Tatha Wiley teaches at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of Thinking Christ and Paul and the Gentile Women.
"As I write this review the din surrounding Mel Gibson's ‘The
Passion of the Christ' continues to increase. Whether one applauds
the film for its purported faithfulness to Gospel texts or laments
it as a tragic instance of Christian anti-semitism, the movie—at
the very least—has ignited questions on the person of Jesus Christ
within the church and beyond. Amid the cacophony appears Tatha
Wiley's wise and provocative volume, gathering eleven prominent
Roman Catholic theologians of our time. Reading it adds clarity to
the issues of Gibson's movie and poses challenges for the church's
confession of Christ as Lord in light of historic abuses. " The
book's movement follows the threefold pattern of recovering
classical Christology, naming its blind spots, and reconstructing
doctrine for a North American context. Wiley's splendid
introduction suggests ‘there have always been many Christologies'
(7). Her essay focuses chiefly on the contemporary challenges of
articulating these many faces of Jesus and the salvation he
brings....Wiley concludes her essay with a strong endorsement of
ascending Christology, beginning with the historical events of
‘Jesus' life, ministry, and effects on those around him' (18), and
suggests that valuing history yields fruit as the church addresses
issues of cultural diversity, religious pluralism, and sexism....
"Though some pieces are more technical than others, the eleven
essays that comprise Thinking of Christ are equally compelling.
Amid the contention over what it means to confess Jesus as the
Christ, this book is a welcome addition indeed." —Insights: The
Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary
'The essays are all clearly written and the wealth of endnotes provides a geography of the reflections of each theologian...The book would be a good resource in Christology courses...[it] has a very helpful Glossary of pertinent Christlogical terms, abundant notes and an index.' ~ Professor Susan Rakoczy, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, vol. 125, July 2006.
*Journal of Theology for Southern Africa*
"This well-designed and beautifully laid-out book makes an important contribution to contemporary Christology. It begins with an excellent introduction to current discussion that sets the stage for the three parts that follow. The first part surveys the historical Jesus, the development of classical Christology, and the redemptive meaning of Christ. The second part looks at the way faith in Jesus Christ has been challenged by and developed in relation to concerns raised by the presence of other religions, feminist theologians, sensitivity to Anti-Semitism and post-colonial thought. The third part looks at the person and meaning of Christ from the perspectives of Mujerista theology, discipleship, and spirituality and ethics. Through a progression of first-rate chapters by well-known authors, this book unfolds an insightful, challenging and multifaceted understanding of Jesus' person and work from a variety of perspectives. Though written to be accessible for seminary students, each chapter adds to contemporary discussion. This book would make an excellent text for semester-length introductory courses in Christology while also being useful for scholars in the field."—Religious Studies Review
*Religious Studies Review*