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Here God is not, as modern atheistic humanism asserts, a restriction but the condition and basis of human freedom. Christology can approach and tackle the legitimate concern of the modern era and resolve its problem. That, to be sure, is possible only on the basis of a decision: the basic decision between belief and unbelief. Liberating reconciliation, as it occurs in and through Jesus Christ, is primarily a divine gift and only secondarily a human task. 4 The Problematics of Contemporary Christology Here precisely is the border line between Christian theology and ideologies or utopias (which nevertheless retain traces of Christian influence).
M. van Buren); Christology is yet another reading of anthropology. A third approach begins with the assumption that there is no such thing as man ‘pure and simple’, ‘as such’, but that man as he actually is confronts us only within a complex of physiological, biological, economic, social, cultural and intellectual influences; this ensures that every individual human being is involved in human solidarity: he is woven as it were into the whole complex historical fabric of humankind. The question of the meaning and salvation of man then becomes the question of the meaning and salvation of history as a whole.
33 Here we come to a third, more hermeneutical viewpoint. 36 An historically competent theologian who can survey the whole field and see the values of the various methods and the presuppositions, may decide that, all in all, the picture is not so bad. But what are the ‘simple faithful’ to do other than to believe this or that professor more than another? A theologians’ Church would be something quite different from a Church of mature Christians – it would have to establish quite different claims to authority.