Christology: Being and Becoming

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon One way of defining “Christology” is simply, “talking about Christ.” In this elementary sense, of course, Christians have been “doing Christology” from the very beginning—from the very minute they were faced with the question, “What think ye of the Christ?” The earliest Christians, in talking about Christ—interpreting Christ—did so in […]

The High Christology of the Pre-Pauline Church Creeds

The primitive Church was far from primitive in their understanding, and expression, of Christology. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The most primitive confessional formulas of Christology (those preserved, for instance, in Romans 1:3-4 and Galatians 4.4) continued to shape the Church’s understanding of Jesus through the second century (Justin and Irenaeus, for instance). This pattern […]

On The Failures of “General” Christology

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In orthodox formulations of Christology, there exists an ongoing and apparently irreducible quandary: How should we speak of the obviously “special” quality of Christ’s humanity without compromising the principle that he was “made like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2:17)? Or, to put the question from the opposite direction, how should […]

The Morally Compelling Discernment of God’s Diachronic, Covenantal Plan

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon How should we understand the necessity (the dei—Mark 8:31) of Christ’s suffering and death? We should begin, I believe, simply by inquiring how we actually know of this necessity. We commence with the fact that this “must” is known to us only through Jesus. Theology has no access to it […]

The Man of the Hour & The Cup of Destiny

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In John’s Gospel the freedom of Jesus, with respect to his death, is truly thematic; no one has power over Jesus. We observe, for instance, John’s surprising description of his arrest, in which he appears in majesty and with full command: “Then Judas, having received a military detachment and officers […]