Recently a seminary read fell of a bookshelf. As I picked it up, I was reminded of how deep and thought provoking the author was. The Christological debate on the humanity and divinity of Jesus can never be fully articulated. Ultimately it is a position of faith. Jesus was either who he said he was, or as CS Lewis states, either a liar or a lunatic.
Fully Human Fully Divine, An interactive Christology is a series of chapters dealing with the theological issues and aspects within the tension of the perfectus Deus, perfectus homo.
Traditional evangelicals tend to pull the divine card too quickly. ”Well He is God and can do whatever He wants, whenever He want, and however He wants.” True, but what about the kenosis. What did he leave behind when He left Heaven to walk with us? It is easy to fall into the heresy of Docetism. For me personally, Jesus has to walk in more humanity than the docetists expound. Jesus has to be human. He has to emote. He has to rely on Father. He has to deal with earthly life in order for me to understand that I can be successful as a true disciple.
The author of FHFD is Michael Casey, a Cistercian monk from the Tarrawarra Abbey in Victoria, Australia. The book follows the gospel of Mark, maybe that is why I like it so much, as it unravels the mysteries of the God/man. It comes highly recommended.
Here is a paragraph from chapter 14 on “An Open Heart”:
If we live our daily lives with all the windows open, it becomes possible for the Spirit’s gentle breeze to penetrate our resistance and bring us relief from the tightness we impose on ourselves. We consent to live on the brink of the unexpected, alert for any indication of where inspiration may prompt us to go. This means, of course, laying aside the blueprints we have drawn up for the rest of our lives, and learning to live in the carefree insecurity that characterizes the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. We become people ready for a mission– without ever knowing what it is that we will be asked to do. We give up the self satisfied passivity of routines and ironclad guarantees and revel in the freedom of God’s children. This is not to say that we are butterflies, flitting from one perch to another without obligations or commitments. It means simply that whatever we do, wherever we are, we keep an ear cocked for the call of God and a heart open enough to be somewhat detached from our private perceptions, prejudices, and plans.