5 in 10: Malcolm Foley

Today our Brazos Fellows class was led by Malcolm Foley, a PhD candidate in Baylor University’s Department of Religion studying the history of Christianity, as well as a Student Regent on Baylor’s Board of Regents. Malcolm also serves as Director of Discipleship at Mosaic Waco, a church that is “gospel-centered, multi-cultural, and spirit-led.” Malcolm’s historical research looks at African American Christian responses to lynching–to get a sense of the importance of the questions he is asking, here’s a few minute video on Malcolm’s project:

In our class today, Malcolm looked at the history of the Christological controversies–the centuries-long debate over how we should understand Jesus Christ to be both God and man. Malcolm helped us understand that an orthodox understanding of Christ’s two natures–both fully divine and fully human–was not just a matter of theological wordplay, but rather that salvation itself was at stake. As St. Gregory of Nazianzus wrote, “That which He has not assumed He has not healed; but that which is united to His Godhead is also saved.  If only half Adam fell, then that which Christ assumes and saves may be half also; but if the whole of his nature fell, it must be united to the whole nature of Him that was begotten, and so be saved as a whole.”

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Malcolm and I also sat down for a round of “Five Questions in Ten Minutes.” We covered some great topics: everything from the 20th-century black Presbyterian minister you need to know about, to the best books to read on the history of religion and race in America, to the ways in which the Gospel of Jesus pushes back on seemingly reasonable responses to violence.

You can catch our conversation here:

Here are links to some of the items we talked about:

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