The topic of the deity of Christ is, obviously, an extremely significant doctrine to grasp. Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, and the implications of God becoming man and living a perfect life echoes throughout all of creation, and through all of time.
The Deity of Christ (edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson), is a book in the series of “Theology in Community” — a collection of books addressing “key theological themes” from a variety of sources, theologians, and historical contexts with a perspective to assist eldership and leadership offices within the church; or anyone who wishes to better understand foundational doctrines and hold a deeper grasp of key themes of the Christian faith.
Right off the bat, I was encouraged by the meticulous detail that was taken in addressing Christology and the God-man: the doctrine is not merely examined in a certain book of the Bible, or from a singular viewpoint, but in many facets including the Old and New Testaments, historical context, systematic theological approaches, and practical theological approaches, all forming together to give the doctrine relevance in contemporary studies and issues.
Another area of this book that was an interesting (and encouraging!) approach was that, as the name “theology in community” suggests, the information, compiling, and writing was done in teams [not merely by one person or one perspective]. This absolutely gave the book a more holistic feel to it, and each chapter had a slightly different ‘voice’ (for all you literary nuts out there), so it truly felt like–though you were dissecting the same topic from many different angles–each chapter was bringing something fresh and unique to the table.
This book was extremely helpful to really see how a comprehensive look at the Deity of Christ impacts us today, and how far-reaching the implications of Jesus’ Deity truly are. I’d absolutely recommend this book to those looking to further their understanding, and for those who wish to dive deeper into the unquenchable well that is the divinity of Christ and the impact it had on all of humanity.
One thing that I’d say would be helpful going into the book to know is that it will feel like trying to drink from a fire hose at times, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to truly meditate on the content provided and not merely seek this book as a “quick read and move on” sort of text; it absolutely will not do it justice if it is read as such. // This is a book I will constantly be referring back to for years to come.
–A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.–