President W. Robert Godfrey joined a panel discussion about Christology on June 18, 2013, with Drs. Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Richard Pratt, and R.C. Sproul to consider the role of biblical and Reformed Christology in the twenty-first century. The discussion was hosted by Ligonier Ministries during the 2013 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America in Greenville, SC.
At one point, Dr. Godfrey provided historical context to the question of whether the substitutionary atonement of Christ will be a difficult issue to the next generation of church-goers. “Part of the calling of our Church - and I would appeal to the ministers here or the prospective ministers here, in particular - [is that] we need an educated clergy that can help people walk through these issues, that can help people understand these things. Part of what led to the great success of the Reformation in the 16th and 17th Centuries was the superbly educated clergy of that time who could engage…almost any Roman Catholic priest in debate and come out on top. Today, we seem increasingly to feel that we don’t really need a theologically educated clergy.”
The panel also talked with the approximately 550-person audience about questions regarding the person and work of Christ in relation to the ministry of the church in the United States and around the world, how to defend and proclaim orthodox Christology in the context of secularization and Islamization, whether creeds play a role in the life of the church, and several other topics. Watch the entire panel discussion below or visit ligonier.org for more information.