I wrote this in response to a friends meme where he asked something he always wanted to know about me. What he asked was “So, how’s your Christology these days?” (He likes odd questions) Its rough and off the top of my head, but I thought it would be interesting, particularly as I try to censor myself less for the sake of genuine-ness as a sort of discipline.
always wanted to know? i doubt that. well, we haven’t gotten there in Theology I yet, so it probably hasn’t changed much really. so, complicated. i think that the person of jesus is the major way that a christian comes to know god. in fact, you can just define a christian as someone who knows god primarily through jesus. i think jesus was a concrete, personaly person, human in every way i’m human or you are human, but that somehow jesus embodied god for the people around him so completely that it was a life-changing event.
i think that jesus functioned as god similarly in some ways to how trickster deities function – through reversals of the expected order, in order to achieve revelation or transformation or wisdom. jesus embodied god’s reversal of the order of winners first and losers last, of in-groups and out-groups based on ethnicity, of violence as a means to any end, of retribution as justm, of wealth as deserved, of injustice as natural, or rules as of primary concern, of authority as trustworthy, etc.. for these things, for living them out, jesus was killed.
i don’t know if there was a physical resurrection. i think that the answer there lies in paul’s language of the church as the body of christ. i think that christ is resurrected in his disciples who seek to live like he did and, if it comes to that, die like he did.
as for eternal life, i view it not as a lifeline stretched out to infinity, but as life as a point, a now, that is expanded infinitely in all directions. that is, the unitive experience of transcendence and immanence at once. the eternal life is the infinitely connected life, and the path to that eternity is annihilation of the self through love of god and love of other human beings. in the same way that christ didn’t have a self that was separate from god, neither should we.
this seeking, this discipline and discipleship, forms communities of others going on the same Way (the original name for Christianity – interestingly like Dao, or Tao) who constitute christ, or at the very least seek to constitute christ.
the eschaton, or the end-time or whatever, is a world that is entirely christ – that is, a world that is entirely god, which i see as sort of folding back into itself and becoming a sort of divine singularity.
of course, this is all idealistic and theoretical mumbo-jumbo. my functioning christology is very simple – i am called to be christ. everyone is called to be christ. because god calls for it, it must be possible, or at least a valuable goal to seek. because jesus, we believe, achieved it, it must be achieveable by a human being.
but, in an everyday sense, you quickly get the sense that it is very much impossible to do the above, preposterous even to ask or suppose that it might be done by any person, and so you turn again to god, in the hope that god will reach you where you are and not just stand aloof and say “catch me if you can.” my experience is that, in brief flashes, god does just that.