Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Christ's Faith

Keep an eye out for an upcoming volume in T&T Clark's new series, Studies in Systematic Theology. Michael Allen's anticipated study The Christ's Faith is coming out in June. The book is a revision of his dissertation at Wheaton. Below is a description from the publisher:
The Christ’s Faith coheres with orthodox Christology and Reformation soteriology, and needs to be affirmed to properly confirm the true humanity of the incarnate Son. Without addressing the interpretation of the Pauline phrase pistis christou, this study offers a theological rationale for an exegetical possibility and enriches a dogmatic account of the humanity of the Christ.

The coherence of the Christ’s faith is shown in two ways. First, the objection of Thomas Aquinas is refuted by demonstrating that faith is fitting for the incarnate Son. Second, a theological ontology is offered which affirms divine perfection and transcendence in qualitative fashion, undergirding a Chalcedonian and Reformed Christology. Thus, the humanity of the Christ may be construed as a fallen human nature assumed by the person of the Word and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

The dogmatic location of The Christ’s Faith is sketched by suggesting its (potential) function within three influential theological systems: Thomas Aquinas, federal theology, and Karl Barth. Furthermore, the soteriological role of the doctrine is demonstrated by showing the theological necessity of faith for valid obedience before God.
Allen will be a significant voice in constructive theology, particularly in the reformed tradition. Be on the look out for new work by him in the coming years-- In particular, I've heard that he is working on another book for T&T Clark, on the reformed tradition (I believe for their "Guide for the Perplexed" series).

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    Michael Allen is indeed working on a book on "Reformed Theology" for T&T Clark. Although the format of the book will be similar to the Guides for the Perplexed, it is part of a little series "Doing Theology" which aims to introduce readers to different theological traditions and their way of doing theology. These will be:

    Catholic Theology (Matthew Levering)
    Anglican Theology (Mark Chapman)
    Lutheran Theology (Steven Paulson)
    Reformed Theology (Michael Allen)
    Methodist Theology (Kenneth Wilson)
    Baptist Theology (Stephen Holmes)

    The idea for this series actually goes back to a proposal from Michael Allen!

    Greetings from T&T Clark
    Tom

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