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God So Loved the World

A Christology for Disciples

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"Does an excellent job of introducing complex christological issues and questions in a straightforward and accessible manner. . . . Readers from Sunday School to seminary will benefit greatly from Wilson's labors."--Pro Ecclesia

God So Loved the World covers the usual ground of contemporary evangelical and non-evangelical Christologies, but it does so in a unique way. Rather than simply discussing doctrine, Jonathan Wilson has incorporated stories, images, and practices from the New Testament that bring out the relevance of an orthodox Christology for the church and for individual believers. For Wilson, Christology is central to the gospel message.

With both his students and contemporary culture in mind, Wilson has developed a postmodern primer that creatively uses the images of Christ's work to invite "theological reflection that connects believing with living." As such, it is a "Christology for disciples," written in a jargon-free manner that effectively communicates to both an academic audience and thoughtful seekers.

The book's novel approach and accessible style make it ideal for professors, students, educated laypeople, and spiritual seekers who are looking for an orthodox approach to Christology that also seeks to understand more fully the relevance of Christ in our postmodern world.


"'Love does not judge in order to destroy: love judges in order to redeem.' With many such quotable sentences, Jonathan Wilson in this book offers to disciples at all levels of maturity an enormous gift--genuine theology for the Church's life! He deftly sifts and sorts, differentiates and delineates to show us specific liabilities and merits of various ancient and postmodern perceptions of Christ and Christ's work of Atonement. Ideas form us, and Wilson's form us deeply by clarifying core doctrines of our faith. His Christology is profound enough to grow professionals and accessible enough to guide beginners. Its best outcome will be changed lives--including yours!"

Marva J. Dawn, theologian, author, educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry, and adjunct professor of spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver

"A welcome and needed contribution to the life of the church today. Wilson has obviously saturated his thinking and devotional life with the Bible and the church's reflection on Scripture's wonderful narrative."

Christopher Hall, president, Renovarè

"Voices decrying the theological amnesia of the church are legion. Far more rare are those who seek to reintroduce the church again to its own faith. Wilson addresses this pressing need in a way both faithful to the great tradition and accessible to contemporary believers."

Joel B. Green, dean of the School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

The Author

  1. Jonathan R. Wilson

    Jonathan R. Wilson

    Jonathan R. Wilson (PhD, Duke University) is senior consultant for theological integration with Canadian Baptist Ministries and is a teaching fellow at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has served as a pastor and is the author of numerous...

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"A fresh, introductory evangelical Christology which incorporates stories, images and practices of the New Testament to invite 'theological reflection that connects believing with living'"--Christian Retailing

"Most Christians know more about sports, hobbies, and national politics than about Christian doctrine, observes Wilson, professor of religious studies at Westmont College. Therefore, he introduces theology--and theology about Jesus Christ specifically--for beginners to bridge the gap between theology and the church. . . This is an interesting and quite original discussion of Christology. It's an excellent book for evangelical church libraries."--Church Libraries

"Wilson, a professor of religious studies at Westmont College, writes a clear, convicting, and creative postmodern primer on how to live in the present age by focusing upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. This is theology-theology for the life of the church as the community. Many talk about doing this. Wilson has given us a model of how to do it. Wilson employs the narrative themes of the Bible in a way that opens new vistas of insight for modern leaders. This is a highly-recommended book for those who would interact with the modern scene the church must clearly face with a renewed theological vison."-Reformation & Revival