- Jesus the Christ by Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap.
- Formation in Christian Theology, Volume 1: The Way to Nicaea by John Behr
- The First Seven Ecumenical Councils: Their History and Theology by Leo Donald Davis
- Jesus: Symbol of God by Roger Haight, S.J.
The final book, Jesus: Symbol of God, is what we're working up to. Everything our professor, Fr. Daniel Pattee, TOR, STL, Phd is teaching us and having us read is meant to equip us to be able to critiquely engage this book. Haight's "landmark" work is a best-seller and it epitomizes contemporary (which means "low") Christology. In any place where Christology is being taught, or learned, or talked about in the least, this book is having an impact and if we don't know how to respond then there will be no one left to defend orthodox Christology. I'm serious.
For its part, the CDF has issued a notification, judging that "the book Jesus Symbol of God (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1999), by Father Roger Haight, S.J., contains serious doctrinal errors regarding certain fundamental truths of the faith." The following snippet from the notification lists the fundamental truths that are being denied:
...the book Jesus Symbol of God contains statements contrary to truths of divine and catholic faith that pertain to the first paragraph of the Professio fidei, concerning the pre-existence of the Word, the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, the salvific value of the death of Jesus, the unicity and universality of the salvific mediation of Jesus and of the Church, and the resurrection of Jesus. The negative critique included also the use of an inappropriate theological method. It was therefore deemed necessary to publish a Notification on the matter.You can read the rest of the notification here.
Of course, with the utmost predictability, the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America issed a statement expressing their "profound distress at the actions taken by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith against the Rev. Roger Haight, S.J." You can read their statement here.
Now, my question to you is this: What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Do you know anyone who has? I can assure you that I will be reading the entire thing very soon. Maybe you should too...