Publisher’s Introduction The Person of Jesus Christ is a lecture-series by John Macquarrie from 1984. He delivered it to the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church in their October meeting. The entire lecture-series on contemporary christology is nearly four hours long and includes five separate lectures as Macquarrie deals comprehensively and synthetically with multiple perspectives on this crucial area of theology. Akenside Press is thrilled to offer this lecture-series in its entirety.
Macquarrie's voice is a contemporary articulation of the historic Anglican church in which is embedded the English School of Catholic theology and spirituality. His Celtic-Scottish outlook, temperament, and mode of appropriation is completely congruent with that of the English School, whose patriarch is St Anselm and which found its two great flowerings in the 14th century (Hilton, Julian, Kempe, etc.) and the 17th century (Hooker, Laud, Andrewes, Taylor, etc), as well as its more contemporary voices including Charles Gore, William Temple, Eric Mascall and Martin Thornton. His is the first articulation of a systematic theology that is thoroughly Anglican, of the English School as well as its Celtic-Benedictine rootstock as grew in the British/English lands.
Macquarrie's theology is in dialogue with Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, Schleiermacher, as well as various 20th century theologians. His erudition, sobriety, balance, and intellectual honesty is what you would expect of the great, classic theologians. He is the systematic theologian of the Catholic imagination for our times. Without question, study by the Anglican community of this lecture-series, and his vast corpus in general, will go a long way toward renewal of Catholic reality in Anglican parishes.
This is an 18-minute audio excerpt from Lecture 3: