by John Betz
Available Fall 2017
Over the course of the twentieth century, it has increasingly been asserted that theology does not need metaphysics, indeed, that metaphysics (being an inheritance from Greek philosophy) is inimical to the purity of the faith and the task of Christian theology. In this collection of essays, however, John Betz argues that metaphysics has always been a part of the Christian faith, beginning with the proclamation of Christ as the Logos—a metaphysical term if there ever was one—and that for this reason the task of Christian theology cannot do without it. On the contrary, metaphysics is indispensable, Betz argues, not only to an understanding of the full reality of the person of Christ as the incarnate Logos, but to a Christian understanding of reality as such—from creation in Christ to the deification of all things in Christ.