The doctrine of the person of Jesus Christ stands central to the Christian faith. "It was because he was who he was that Jesus Christ did what he did," says Fuller in the opening sentences of this learned survey of the place of Christ in Christian experience, confession and belief. As Fuller sees it "the Church's Christology was a response to its total encounter with Jesus, not only in his earthly history but also in the Church's continuing life". The author offers a comprehensive and thorough survey of the Christological position based on the insights of international scholarship. The book shows the continuity between the historical Jesus and the witness and message of the post-resurrection church, exploring how this has been obscured in New Testament scholarship. But at the same time Fuller applies the vigorous "traditio-historical" criticism which yields many positive results.
Reginald Horace Fuller was a leading voice in Anglican-Lutheran ecumenical dialogues and president of the Society of New Testament Study. He taught at St. David's College, Lampeter (Wales), Union Theological Seminary (New York City), Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, (Evanston, Illinois) where he was Professor of New Testament Literature and Language. He retired as Professor of New Testament Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary in 1972. Publications: The Cost of Discipleship (with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Gerhard Leibholz), 1948 What is Liturgical Preaching?, 1957 Foundations of New Testament Christology, 1965 Advent Christmas (Proclamation 2, Series C), 1979 Use Of The Bible In Preaching, 1981 Preaching the Lectionary, 1974, 1984 (rev. ed.) Christ and Christianity, 1997 (pb edn, ed Robert Kahl)