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176 pages
Nov 2005

Let's Start with Jesus: A New Way of Doing Theology

by Dennis F. Kinlaw

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Scholarly and spiritually insightful, this book views theology through the Person of Jesus Christ. This approach allows an incisive look at the uniqueness of Christianity by quickly getting to the heart of the Gospel. The often-quoted philosophical arguments about the existence of God are bypassed for an intimate revelation of the reality of Jesus.

Christ literally stands at the crossroads of the world’s religions. While the concept of God seems to merge with other beliefs, the ministry of Jesus stands alone. There is no parallel in other religions, which makes an ideal starting point for defining theological ideas. The author’s penetrating reflections will cause readers to think deeply on this issue.

By using familiar Christian convictions and filtering them through the Person of Jesus, there is a renewed appreciation and understanding of vital doctrines. The nature of God, the problem of sin and the means of sanctification come into sharper focus when viewed through this lens. The divine association of the Trinity is also revealed in a marvelous and majestic way.

This book needs to be read slowly and carefully. It’s obvious the author has a brilliant mind, filled with spiritual wisdom. These pages literally overflow with excellent thoughts, enabling the diligent reader to uncover some amazing insights. This is a serious study; however, it’s more than just an intellectual pursuit. By starting with Jesus, there is a profound blending of theology and worship. The author, who is a respected biblical scholar, has both the intelligence and the spiritual sensitivity to make this subject relevant and rewarding to every reader! – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

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“If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7)

Jesus is the great stumbling block of faith. It is in him that Christianity finds its uniqueness among the religions of the world. He is the Incarnate Son of God, the unique revelation of the Father. Yet so often, we begin the process of theological formulation not with the person of Jesus, but rather, with philosophical arguments about God’s existence and logical constructions to determine God’s nature.

How would our understanding be affected if we instead took Jesus as our starting point for doing theology? In Let’s Start with Jesus, respected biblical scholar Dennis Kinlaw explores this question, revealing answers that are profound. In seeking to describe the nature of the relationship God desires with us, he explores three metaphors—royal/legal, familial, and nuptial—which serve as motifs for his reflection.

Taking familiar theological categories, Kinlaw views them through the primary lens of the person and work of Jesus, and finds that Jesus reveals rich pictures of the nature of God, the nature of personhood, the problem of sin, the way of salvation, and finally, the means of sanctification via perfect love.