Traditionally, the Christian faith has accorded a central role to Jesus, not merely in the form of the reverence due to the founder of a great movement, but as the person around whom it all revolves. This has also normally involved the extraordinary claim that Jesus, while fully human in all ways as we are, is also God, or, more ambiguously, that we reaffirm the divinity of Jesus. Theological ... [Show full abstract] controversy has centred largely on the way to sustain this affirmation and on the implications it has ‘for us and our salvation’, in the familiar words. There is no need to review the familiar answers here, sometimes sacrificing the humanity to the divinity, and sometimes the reverse. In our time there has been little inclination to question the full humanity of Jesus, on occasion laying emphasis upon it beyond obvious need. To question it would seem to most intellectually responsible religious people to undermine both the relevance and the credibility of the Christian religion. Nothing must be done to impair the full humanity of Jesus in every way. On this many voices are raised, and that is no doubt a salutary thing and a welcome feature of religious life today.