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Attitudes Toward Jesus

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This chapter deals with the attitudes towards Jesus Christ. Given the highly secularized Dutch situation, the chapter addresses many questions such as what images of Jesus may prominently appear among our respondents; and to what extent do believers identify themselves with the traditional belief in Jesus. The chapter presents a theoretical perspective of the images of Jesus, and describes the results of the research findings on the empirical part. The chapter looks at the social locations of our respondents images of Jesus. It discusses the theoretical images of Jesus through the distinction made between tradition-bound Jesus images, hermeneutic-oriented Jesus images, and humanistic Jesus image. The chapter describes two representatives of tradition-bound images of Jesus, namely: classical and neo-classical Christologies. It explains the representatives of the hermeneutic-oriented Christologies, namely: individual-related, community-related, society-related, Spirit-motivated, and secular-worldview related Jesus.

Keywords: hermeneutic-oriented Jesus images; humanistic Jesus; religious attitudes; tradition-bound Jesus images



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