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The remaining essays follow the same arguments. Of the five, the essay which I agreed with most completely was by Rebecca Pentz. An avowed feminist, Pentz discussed her trouble with the churches stand that tended to minimize women, and I believe that she is correct. The communicated message by much church denomination is that women do not have a place in the church order, and this is neither the teaching of Christ, nor the example of the early church. The first messenger of the risen Christ to the apostles was a woman. Jesus went out of his way to communicate the gospel to the Samaritan women who carried the message to her home town. The apostles taught that in Christ, there was neither bond, nor free, Jew of Gentile, male of female. Pentz makes a good point as she ways that authority can be used for someone, with someone, or against someone. In the case of Christology, the scriptural example is that authority is most often used for, and with men and women. But the experiential example within the church is that authority is most often used against women, and for and with men.
The final authors spear to get lost within the theories about Christ, rather than studying Christ himself. James Robinson devotes his essay to discussing non-canonical books and the scholarly theories of contribution to the gospels rather than the gospels themselves. Robinson says "Jesus did not need to be deified in order to receive the honor he deserved" (Robinson, p. 111) In other words, the creation of the deified Christ by the early church was an unnecessary expense of divisive sectarianism. Cobb sums up the Christological approach to Chris. After being a part of deconstructing the traditional theology of Christ, He says "any attempt to fix the meaning of Christ is doomed to arbitrariness and artificiality. Even in the New Testament there is fluidity in its use. In the course of Christian history this fluidity has expanded. Christ is a living symbol, not a proper name of a common noun." (Cobb, p. 141)
Davis, Stephen (ed.) Encountering Jesus: A debate on Christology. Westminster: John Knox Press. 1988