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Luthers Kristus, en postmodern omöjlighet?

Pihlgren, Malin LU (2010) TLEX65 20101
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
This study is an attempt to examine Martin Luther’s Christology in relation to postmodern Christology. It explores the Christology of Jan-Olav Henriksen in order to answer how his postmodern Christology can be compared to that of Luther, with emphasis on their views on the two natures of Christ in life and death on the cross. What are the similarities and differences between the two theologians’ Christologies? The underlining question referring to my interest in the subject and reflected in the title of this thesis, is: Is Luther’s Christ a postmodern impossibility?

Jan-Olav Henriksen argues that postmodern thought opens up theology to seeing things from more than one perspective. He does not, however, wish to do away with classical... (More)
This study is an attempt to examine Martin Luther’s Christology in relation to postmodern Christology. It explores the Christology of Jan-Olav Henriksen in order to answer how his postmodern Christology can be compared to that of Luther, with emphasis on their views on the two natures of Christ in life and death on the cross. What are the similarities and differences between the two theologians’ Christologies? The underlining question referring to my interest in the subject and reflected in the title of this thesis, is: Is Luther’s Christ a postmodern impossibility?

Jan-Olav Henriksen argues that postmodern thought opens up theology to seeing things from more than one perspective. He does not, however, wish to do away with classical dogmatic schemes. After a close examination of Luther’s and Henriksen’s particular Christologies, a comparison is made to ascertain similarities and differences. The conclusion of this study is that Martin Luther’s Christology differs in several aspects from Henriksen’s, although they share some basic thoughts on Christ and his two natures. One focal difference lies in when God’s love is offered to humankind. For Henriksen God’s recognition and representation precedes faith, whereas for Luther faith is required for the establishment of the new relationship with God, in Christ. This reveals differences in view of humanity and divinity respectively. For Henriksen the humanity of Christ is of essence. Hence, humankind is also seen in a more positive light, despite sin. Luther, on the other hand, gives prominence to the divinity of Christ, and deems humankind fraught by sin. Luther discloses a more static and unreachable God, whereas Henriksen argues for a God who desires a loving relationship with humankind and therefore becomes vulnerable in Christ. Despite these differences, this study shows that Henriksen’s thought of the impossible made possible in Christ bears resemblance to Luther’s paradoxical way of expressing his Christology. Hence, a possibility for the mosaic, of multiple truths and interpretations, within postmodern thought is harbored in Luther’s emphasis on the paradoxical. (Less)
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Pihlgren, Malin LU
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alternative title
En jämförande studie av Luthers kristologi och postmodern kristologi
course
TLEX65 20101
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Christology, Martin Luther, Jan-Olav Henriksen, Christ’s natures, postmodernism, postmodern theology, the paradoxical, the cross, the impossible.
language
Swedish
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1583097
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2011-02-07 10:36:05
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  abstract     = {This study is an attempt to examine Martin Luther’s Christology in relation to postmodern Christology. It explores the Christology of Jan-Olav Henriksen in order to answer how his postmodern Christology can be compared to that of Luther, with emphasis on their views on the two natures of Christ in life and death on the cross. What are the similarities and differences between the two theologians’ Christologies? The underlining question referring to my interest in the subject and reflected in the title of this thesis, is: Is Luther’s Christ a postmodern impossibility?

Jan-Olav Henriksen argues that postmodern thought opens up theology to seeing things from more than one perspective. He does not, however, wish to do away with classical dogmatic schemes. After a close examination of Luther’s and Henriksen’s particular Christologies, a comparison is made to ascertain similarities and differences. The conclusion of this study is that Martin Luther’s Christology differs in several aspects from Henriksen’s, although they share some basic thoughts on Christ and his two natures. One focal difference lies in when God’s love is offered to humankind. For Henriksen God’s recognition and representation precedes faith, whereas for Luther faith is required for the establishment of the new relationship with God, in Christ. This reveals differences in view of humanity and divinity respectively. For Henriksen the humanity of Christ is of essence. Hence, humankind is also seen in a more positive light, despite sin. Luther, on the other hand, gives prominence to the divinity of Christ, and deems humankind fraught by sin. Luther discloses a more static and unreachable God, whereas Henriksen argues for a God who desires a loving relationship with humankind and therefore becomes vulnerable in Christ. Despite these differences, this study shows that Henriksen’s thought of the impossible made possible in Christ bears resemblance to Luther’s paradoxical way of expressing his Christology. Hence, a possibility for the mosaic, of multiple truths and interpretations, within postmodern thought is harbored in Luther’s emphasis on the paradoxical.},
  author       = {Pihlgren, Malin},
  keyword      = {Christology,Martin Luther,Jan-Olav Henriksen,Christ’s natures,postmodernism,postmodern theology,the paradoxical,the cross,the impossible.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Luthers Kristus, en postmodern omöjlighet?},
  year         = {2010},
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