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The Deity of Christ (Theology in Community)

The Deity of Christ (Theology in Community)

Morgan, Christopher W. (Editor); Peterson,...

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This multi-disciplinary treatment of the deity of Christ weds rich theological insight with practical application to underscore the centrality and urgency of this crucial doctrine.

The biblical teaching about the deity of Christ is a precious truth and foundational to the Christian faith. It has been called "the most distinctively Christian doctrine of all"--one that must be taught and preserved.

With this in mind, Robert Peterson, Christopher Morgan, Andreas Kostenberger, Steve Wellum, Gerald Bray, Alan Gomes, Ray Ortlund Jr., Stephen Nichols, and J. Nelson Jennings have collaborated to develop a theology of Christ's divinity across multiple disciplines. Combining first-rate evangelical scholarship with rich application, their work examines this central doctrine from contemporary, historical, biblical, systematic, apologetic, and missional perspectives.

This accessible volume--the third in the noted Theology in Community series--guides readers to the significance of Christ's deity across the Old and New Testaments, in Johannine literature, in popular culture and church history, and among cults and world religions. With its keen theological insight and straightforward application, this volume will give pastors, students, and educated readers a clear and useful treatment of the deity of Christ.

About the Authors


Alan W. Gomes (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of historical theology and chairman of the department of theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Western Theological Seminary) is a professor in the Division of Biblical Education at Lancaster Bible College. He is the author of several books, including The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World. Nichols lives with his wife and children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Ray Ortlund and his wife founded Renewal ministries after he led two prominent churches in Southern California. Together they authored more than 25 books and spoke worldwide. For 19 years Ray was the speaker for "Haven of Rest" radio broadcast.

Chris Morgan is associate professor of theology and associate dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He is also the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Barstow, California. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards and Hell (Christian Focus Publications, 2004) and is currently writing a commentary on the book of James. Chris and his wife, Shelley, have been married for thirteen years and live in Hesperia, California.

Gerald Bray is a professor at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an internationally respected theologian with a reputation for clear thinking and incisive logic. Some of his books have contemporary classics. Here he takes you through those key events in the life of Jesus and reveals plan and purpose of his life.

About the Editors

Robert A. Peterson is Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is author or editor of twenty books, including Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ, Our Secure Salvation: Preservation and Apostasy, and, co-edited with Christopher Morgan, Hell Under Fire.

Christopher W. Morgan is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Author/editor of ten books and a teaching pastor of Helendale Community Church, he and and his wife, Shelley, have been married for twenty years and live in Helendale, California.

About the Series

The Theology in Community series assembles teams of scholars to explore key theological themes and apply them to contemporary concerns. Each volume approaches a topic from the vantage points of the Old and New Testaments, and historical, systematic, and practical theology. The books draw upon a variety of contributors to craft a unified and accessible message. They aim to help pastors, church leaders, and laypersons alike.

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Book Details

304 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: June 2011
ISBN 10: 1581349793
ISBN 13: 9781581349795

This is a well-crafted, faithfully biblical, meticulously worked out study of the deity of Christ that brings us from the Old Testament through the New Testament, and into the modern world. This is a superb study.
- David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Eight outstanding scholars make a compelling case biblically, theologically and historically for the deity of Jesus. If he is God incarnate then Christianity is true. If he is not, then the Christian faith is false. Powerful arguments are marshaled and convincing evidence is set forth in the volume that demonstrates that Jesus is indeed the God-man. Read this book for your mind as well as your soul. Both will be blessed."
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Morgan and Peterson are to be commended for putting together another outstanding volume for Crossway's Theology in Community series. The editors have assembled a first-rate group of authors to produce this highly commendable volume. The subject of the deity of Christ is carefully explored and clearly expounded from the perspectives of biblical, historical, and systematic theology. Important and timely applications for apologetics and missiology are also appropriately included. The deity of Christ is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith and The Deity of Christ should be essential reading for faithful followers of Jesus Christ."
- David S. Dockery, President, Union University

"Nothing should be more important and more interesting to a Christian than Jesus. And nothing is more important or more interesting about Jesus than the fact that he is God. His deity is at the heart of the gospel’s wonder for the believer, and it is the blunt force of the traumatic offense of the gospel to those who disbelieve. I cannot imagine a more important truth to unpack. Morgan and Peterson have organized an indispensable resource for this fundamental doctrine. The Deity of Christ achieves the rare balance between scholarly credibility and accessible practicality. Reading its pages generated waves of worship from each chapter. This volume will inform your mind and feed your soul with the undeniable, undiminished deity of Jesus."
- Rick Holland, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Director, Resolved Conference

"In the introduction to this volume, the editors invite you on a journey to discover the biblical, historical, theological, practical, and missional aspects of the deity of Jesus. The book more than delivers on that promise, framing key issues and underlining pertinent points in confronting current movements undermining this crucial doctrine. More than merely a collection of academic essays, this book pulsates with the life of Jesus—evident in the passion of the writers and the life change he has produced in each of them. Affirming the deity of Jesus is not, ultimately, about winning arguments with detractors or proving points to the academy. It is about encountering Jesus! Reading these essays will challenge you intellectually and enrich you spiritually, deepening both your understanding of Jesus and submission to him as Lord. When you fully comprehend the magnificence of our Lord Jesus Christ, no other response will do."
- Jeff Iorg, President, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

"As you read this volume your spirit will breathe a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the editors and writers. They write of the deity of Christ—this north star of Christian doctrines—with fresh perspective and historical foundation, theological depth and personal challenge. The strength of biblical evidence for the deity of Jesus expressed in these pages is wonderfully overwhelming!"
- Tom Holladay, Teaching Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California; Purpose Driven Connection; P.E.A.C.E. Plan