Re: Is Jonah to be taken literally?

From: Vince D. Calhoun (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 17:40:21 EDT

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    Point well taken...we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before
    in many ways. I have studied the divinity of Christ in seminary for myself
    and have come down on the "yes" side and do think it's a rather crucial
    element. (obvious from my comments, I'm sure) Would you agree?


    At 04:24 PM 8/22/2001 -0400, you wrote:
    >In a response to James Stark, Vince Calhoun asked.
    > > Isn't
    > > there adequate evidence from scripture that Jesus was God and that we are
    > > called to worship Him?
    >Interesting question, especially in light of the fact that it took the
    >early Christian community several centuries to take a definitive stand on
    >precisely this question. For more of the story, see Richard E.
    >Rubenstein's book, When Jesus Became God (Harcourt, 1999). From the back
    >"After almost three hundred years of persecution, Christianity made an
    >astonishing breakthrough in 324, when Constantine the Great became the
    >emperor of Rome. No longer fearing for their own survival, Christians
    >turned to the question of how to define what beliefs identified a "true"
    >Christian. Led by two charismatic priests‹Arius who preached that Jesus,
    >though uniquely holy, is less than God, and Athanasius who argued that
    >Jesus is God himself in human form‹the debate over Jesus' degree of
    >divinity escalated from heated argument to violence and bloodshed."
    >Like many episodes in the history of the institutional Christian church,
    >this is a sobering story. What may seem so "obvious" to some today is
    >itself the product of human history, complete with all of the shortcomings
    >of human behavior. The Christian church is a thoroughly human institution.
    >Its historical decisions ought not be considered beyond question.
    >Howard Van Till

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