In this work, originally published in 1968, the distinguished theologian James M. Gustafson asks the fundamental question, "What is the significance of Jesus Christ for the moral life?" His answer is in the form of an ethical map, showing the ways in which theological affirmations about Christ relate to moral life in the writings of a number of important Christian thinkers.
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Professor Gustafson, of the Yale Divinity School, addressed the question of the significance of Christ for the moral life, as claimed by theologians. His interest is not with the questions of Christian ethics raised by current controversy, but with the more persistent problems ranging over the past centuries. Five traditional designations of Christ are used as focal points around which the views of a variety of theologians are considered: as Creator and Redeemer, as Sanctifier, as Justifier, as Pattern, and as teacher. The argument is heavy with reference to the works of theologians, from Augustine through Wesley to the Niebuhis and Karl Barth, and one of the important values in the book lies in this comparative examination of the position taken by these writers. A concluding chapter offers a constructive statement of the author's own position, in which the elements of Christian hope and Christian freedom are central. Primarily for other theologians. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - James M. Gustafson
James M. Gustafson is University Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is also a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Hastings Institute and coeditor of the "Journal of Religion." His many books include "Treasure in Earthen Vessels: The Church as a Human Community, Protestant and Roman Catholic Ethics, " and "Can Ethics Be Christian?" all published by the University of Chicago Press.