Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pannenberg on the Historical Jesus and the Experience of Faith

Although I do believe that Pannenberg gives too much weight to a Christology "from below," which insufficiently deals with the eternal logos, I very much appreciate this quote.

"If it cannot be shown that the proclamation about Christ has ‘support in the historical Jesus himself,’ then the proclamation must appear as a product of faith. ‘If the person to whom the kerygma refers is in no way concretely definable in his historicity, if the reference of the kerygma to Jesus consists exclusively in the assertions for whose understanding Jesus himself is irrelevant, as merely a cipher that is accidental and in itself says nothing, then the kerygma—if it then could be kerygma at all—would be pure myth."[1]

[1] Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jesus—God and Man, trans. Lewis L. Wilkins and Duane A. Priebe (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1968), 27


  1. In his ST he develops a Christology from above. Together they make up the best christology of the 20th century!

  2. Tripp, thanks for your comment. It's great to see new people commenting on my blog. Do you think that Pannenberg ever makes it to "above?" Also, I think I might side with Leron Shultz on this, and say that Pannenberg is closer to Barth in the sense that those categories don't sufficiently fit his Christology. Like Barth, it's more of a historicized Christology. Any thoughts?