Gospel of Glory – Individualism
According to the author, the Gospel of John lays emphasis on both the individual believer and the community of believers. We should not allow either to cancel out the other. What Bauckham indicates as individualism is nothing more than the considerable emphasis this Gospel account lays on the relationship of the individual believer to Jesus Christ. In Chapter 1 he gathers and assesses the evidence for the individual’s relationship with Jesus. He concludes that it is important to appreciate the prominence of individualism and not allow it to be cancelled or obscured by the material on community. This emphasis on the faith and discipleship of the individual is according to Bauckham a distinctive feature of the Gospel of John.
Source: Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology (Baker Academic, 2015), 1-19.
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