• Ἐν Χριστῷ Out of Context: The Zen-ification of the Son of God

    Author(s):
    Jacob Stephen Bullock (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Buddhism--Study and teaching, Christianity, Historicity of Jesus Christ, Bible, Theology, Bible. Gospels
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Buddhist studies, Historical Jesus, Biblical theology, Gospels
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ck4k-9661
    Abstract:
    Zen-Christianity is a pluralistic theological movement that is gaining greater acceptance in the global evangelical community. Members of this movement claim to have achieved a theological bilingualism in which both distinct theological/philosophical systems are held in concert without conflict or distortion of one by the other. This article argues that far from achieving theological harmony, Zen-Christian theology severely distorts numerous tenants of orthodox Christian faith including the person and work of Jesus Christ. In demonstration of this, this article examines the Zen-Christian theology of Jesus as presented by Ruben Habito, a prominent theologian of the Zen-Christian movement. From an exegetical and biblical-theological perspective this article demonstrates that in order to fit Jesus into his Zen-Christian theological program, Habito must divorce Jesus from his theological, linguistic, and historical context. This article concludes that because it distorts the deity, teachings, and nature of Jesus Christ, Zen-Christianity, as presented by Habito, should be completely rejected by the evangelical community.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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