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From Logos to Christos

Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam

Edited by Ellen M. Leonard & Kate Merriman
Subjects Religion
Series Editions SR Hide Details
Hardcover : 9781554580651, 282 pages, September 2010
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554587285, 282 pages, June 2011

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
From Logos to Christos: Essays on Christology in Honour of Joanne McWilliam, edited by Ellen M. Leonard and Kate Merriman

Foreword | The Right Reverend Victoria Matthews


Introduction | Ellen Leonard, CSJ, and Kate Merriman

Part One: Christology and Tradition

1. Ancient Applied Christology: Appeals to Christ in Greek Amulets in Late Antiquity | Theodore de Bruyn

2. Jesus of Canada? Four Canadian Constructions of the Christ Figure | Mary Ann Beavis

3. La christologie d’un apocryphe: une christologie apocryphe? Le cas des Actes de Thomas | Paul-Hubert Poirier and Yves Tissot

4. Jesus in Augustine’s Anti-Manichaean Writings | J. Kevin Coyle

5. The Seventh Canon of Ephesus | J. Robert Wright

6. Logos Christology Today | Roger Haight, S. J.

7. Christ the Transformer of Culture: Augustine and Tillich | Peter Slater

8. Hooker on Divinization: Our Participation of Christ | David Neelands

9. Logos Ecclesiology Revisited: The Church of the Triune God | Michael A. Fahey, S. J.

Part Two: Christology and Ethics

10. Deep Christology: Ecological Soundings | Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ

11. Neither Male nor Female: Christology beyond Dimorphism | Pamela Dickey Young

12. Theological Implications of Mobile Hospitality | Deirdre Good

13. Jesus Died for Our Sins: Redemption as an Ethic of Risk | Cynthia Crysdale

14. Lord of Two Cities: Christological or Political Realism in Augustine’s City of God? | Jane Barter Moulaison

Curriculum Vitae of Joanne Elizabeth McWilliam

Publications of Joanne Elizabeth McWilliam


Contributors’ Affiliations

Jane Barter Moulaison is Associate Professor of Theology and Church History in the Faculty of Theology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.

Mary Ann Beavis is Professor and Head of the Department of Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

J. Kevin Coyle is Professor of Early Church History and Patristics, Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON.

Cynthia Crysdale is Professor of Theology and Ethics at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN.

Theodore de Bruyn is Associate Professor of Religous Studies, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Pamela Dickey Young is Professor of Religious Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.

Michael A. Fahey, SJ, is Research Professor of Theology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Deirdre Good is Professor of New Testament, General Theological Seminary, New York City, NY.

Roger Haight, SJ, is Scholar-in-Residence, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY.

Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York City, NY.

Ellen M. Leonard, CSJ, is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, ON.

The Right Reverend Victoria Matthews is Bishop of the Diocese of Christ-church in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia.

Kate Merriman is an Anglican priest at All Saints Church and freelance editor, Toronto ON.

David Neelands is Dean of the Faculty of Divinity of Trinity College and Margaret E. Fleck Chair of Anglican Studies, Toronto, ON.

Paul-Hubert Poirier is Professor of Christian Origins and History of Christianity, Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval, Québec, QC.

Peter Slater is Professor Emeritus of Theology, Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College, in the Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, ON. Peter Slater and Joanne McWilliam were married in 1987.

Yves Tissot is Pastor of the Reformed Church of the Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

J. Robert Wright is St. Mark’s Professor of Ecclesiastical History, General Theological Seminary, New York City, NY.


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”.


``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, Journal of Theological Studies, 63 (2), October 2012

``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