Book Review: G. K. Berkouwer, The Person of Christ (Studies in Dogmatics; Eerdmans, 1954).

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Berkouwer offers what could be considered a fairly standard exposition of Reformed Christology. He, as one would expect, outlines the historical situation leading up to the formulation of Chalcedon; and, he treats such topics as the deity of Christ, the sinlessness of Christ, and the hypostatic union.

There are few strengths of this work. First, Berkouwer is very lucid in his exposition of Reformed Christology. Second, he demonstrates a remarkable familiarity with both historical voices and contemporary debates (at least contemporary to him). Third, he ably navigates complex issues and brings to life the various aspects of Christology.

Since this is an intermediate as opposed to advanced work on Christology, there are some topics he merely treats superficial (e.g., the question of whether Christ’s human nature was fallen). Moreover, he doesn’t always tie up loose ends in his discussion, and the more devotional feel of this volume seems to be a greater strength than rigorous theological analysis. But, in the view of this reader, this is in large part due to the intermediate level of exposition which he is seeking to offer.

But, setting these criticisms aside, it must be said that this is a sure guide for those who are wishing to delve deeper into Reformed Christology than a popular exposition may offer. Further, he is a solid example of how to do theology: engaging with the voices of the past and the issues of the present by allowing the teaching of Scripture to speak to them both.

What we are …

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‘A Humble Inquiry’ is a blog named as such because it is our view that it is at the place of true inquiry into a subject that one begins to understand it, or, in some cases, realize how little one actually understands.  Thus, it is our assumption that true inquiry requires a level of (hopefully growing) humility.

With this, the main areas of inquiry which will characterize this blog will be, in the main, those pertaining to Christianity, and, as such, our inquiry will be theological, philosophical, apologetic, analytic, historical, pastoral, and, most importantly, biblical. So, at the outset, a disclaimer must be made: there will be, we hope, something in here for everyone yet not everything in here will be for just anyone. This is necessarily the case as our interests, while narrow as mainly limited to Christianity, are decidedly broad.