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From Logos to Christos

Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam

Ellen M. Leonard and Kate Merriman, editors

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Hardcover 282 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-55458-065-1

Release Date: September 2010

Online discount: 25%

$85.00  $63.75


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From Logos to Christos is a collection of essays in Christology written by friends and colleagues in memory of Joanne McWilliam. McWilliam was a pioneer woman in the academic study of theology, specializing in Patristic studies and internationally recognized for her work on Augustine. For countless students she was a teacher, a mentor, an inspiration. These fourteen essays are a fitting tribute to her memory.

Written by recognized North American scholars, the essays explore various aspects of Christology, inviting the reader to probe the meaning and significance of Jesus Christ for today. They address a broad range of issues, including the Christology of the Acts of Thomas, Hooker on divinization, and Christ figures in contemporary Canadian culture.

Teachers of theology and religious studies, pastors, and informed general readers will find the essays stimulating and instructive. They present the readers with considered, mature, and current scholarship. These are the questions that engaged Joanne McWilliam throughout her life, and she was happy to know that the critical dialogue would continue in this volume as friends and colleagues wrestled with Christological questions. For her, “In Jesus we come to know the compassion, the power, the wisdom, the love, and the faithfulness of God”.

Ellen M. Leonard is a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto. She is professor emerita at the University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology, where she has taught since 1977. Her areas of research include Roman Catholic Modernism, Christology, ecclesiology, and feminist theology. Her publications include a number of chapters in collected works as well as three books, the latest being Creative Tension: The Spiritual Legacy of Friedrich von Hugel (1997). She was the 2004 recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of Americas Ann OHara Graff award for her ministries with and on behalf of women and the 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction award for her contribution to women and education.

Kate Merriman is an Anglican priest who works in the Diocese of Toronto. She has engaged in a wide range of ministries—hostel worker at the Fred Victor Centre, parish priest in the Yukon, chaplain at Trinity College, Field Education Director at Huron College, and parish priest in the city of Toronto. In 2007 she was made a Canon of the Diocese of Toronto in recognition of her work in the areas of sexual misconduct and affordable housing. In 2008 she received the Davenport Community Builders Award for her work in affordable housing.


“This very fine volume consists of 14 specially commissioned essays in honour of the Canadian patristics scholar Joanne McWilliam.... There is a great deal to commend this volume to specialists and to more general readers interested in a range of new perspectives on Christology, or in new takes on classic themes.... [The] collection ... is a major contribution to christological studies, both historic and contemporary. Characterized by learned, lucid writing, these essays are not over-long. They tend to be intense and focussed, yet manage to avoid becoming dense. There are extensive endnotes for any who wish to pursue the references and the vast literature that stand behind these scholars’ offerings. The essays reflect a staggering range of engagement, from Paul and Augustine to Lombard, Luther, Calvin, and Schleiermacher; from Tillich, Schillebeeckx, and Niebuhr to Volf and contemporary Canadian cinema, among many other dialogue partners. The credal tradition is plumbed in satisfying depth, taking Chalcedon, Nicaea, Trent, and the Second Vatican Council into account, alongside Eastern Orthodox traditions.... One of the book’s strengths ... is its capacity to hold together essays that are both consonant and dissonant with McWilliam’s own theological agenda. This is a lasting testament to her wide interests and her respectful and interested engagement with those who disagreed with her. For sheer breadth of discussion, quality of scholarship, and freshness of prose, this collection is highly recommended. The reader will be delighted by the depth and imagination with which the various authors have made their contributions to christological studies in honour of a beloved friend and mentor.”

— Robert C. Fennell, Atlantic School of Theology, Journal of Theological Studies

“In short, this is a very fine festschrift, full of interesting and challenging essays. They are a suitable memorial to a very fine scholar and faithful teacher.”

— Right Reverend Terry Brown, Anglicans Online

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