This dissertation fills a gap in nonsupersessionist theologies by constructing a Christology that brings together Jesus' particular Jewish existence (his human nature) and his universal transcendence (his divine nature), while maintaining the equality, unity, and full participation of both natures. This Christology proposes that both natures interact in a relationship of multiple-formativity to constitute the one person of the Incarnation through 'contextual universalism' and 'overlapping membership.'
Using frameworks from the areas of multicultural theory and political theory, this dissertation first identifies the processes by which classical and contextual Christologies negotiate difference in the Incarnation. In doing so, it exposes that Jesus' Jewishness is problematically supplanted as Christologies unite the two natures of Christ through assimilationism, a process undergirded by the presupposition that coexistent differences cause untenable conflict that can be resolved only through a single agent that homogenizes difference.
Destabilizing this presupposition and counteracting its results, this project then constructs a new conceptual framework for Christology that simultaneously differentiates and unites the two natures without assimilating either nature or dispensing with Jesus' Jewish particularity. Building from Toni Erskine's work in international relations theory and her model of 'embedded cosmopolitanism,' this work proposes 'contextual universalism' for understanding the differentiated unity of the two natures. To accommodate this new understanding, Laurel C. Schneider's theological anthropology and Rita Dhamoon's theory of difference are brought together to define Jesus Christ's human nature as constituted of a unique constellation of multiple, relationally-engaged contexts. Through an integration of Bikhu Parekh's political theory and Mayra Rivera's theology, the divine nature is interpreted as the unassimilable and transcendent Other that protects and connects innumerable differences. This dissertation then adapts Erskine's concept of 'overlapping membership' to propose a Christology wherein the particular, Jewish, human nature and the universal, divine nature of Jesus Christ engage in a relationship of interactivity and multiple-formativity in the one person of the Incarnation.
|Commitee:||Abu-laban, Yasmeen, Cattoi, Thomas, Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, Daniel|
|School:||Graduate Theological Union|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Christology, Jesus Christ, Multiculturalism, Nonsupersessionist|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be