Who is Jesus? Does it Matter?

What does it really mean to have faith in Jesus? How does such faith go beyond holding a set of beliefs about him? Is anything lost by merely considering him a great teacher of wisdom, an outstanding first-century guru, and a person of heroic greatness? Does the Church’s teaching that God became man in Jesus Christ matter to us today? In a contemporary climate of scepticism and reductionism, how can the Church’s teaching about Jesus Christ speak to the modern world? Fr Gerry O’Collins, SJ, explores the key issues which bring faith in Jesus into dialogue with concerns of today.

Born in Australia and with a PhD from Cambridge University, Gerald O’Collins, S.J. taught for 33 years at the Gregorian University in Rome. Well known for his many articles, appearances on TV, and as a lecturer around the world, he has so far published 52 books, including four published in 2008: “Jesus. A Portrait” (Darton, Longman & Todd); “Salvation For All” (Oxford University Press); (with Michael Hayes), “The Legacy of John Paul II” (Continuum); and “Catholicism. A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press).

Adult Formation Summary


Pope John Paul II wrote that the 'formation and enrichment' of all members of the Church will enable 'the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture.'