Presenter: Janice McRandal

Christology –so often prompted with call and response to Jesus’ question ‘who do you say I am?’ – has traditionally sought to articulate orthodox dogma concerning the personhood and identity of Jesus the Christ. As an enterprise driven by a need to determine stable metaphysical categories related to the ‘divine-man’, Christology is often found wanting by the polygonal relation of human subjectivities, identity politics, bio/medical agency, and post-humanist categories in contemporary discourse of the human person. In this respect, the pursuit to abstract stable ontological categories related to the identity and personhood of Jesus is not only problematic in light of current debate surrounding the very categories of ‘personhood’ and ‘identity’, but also potentially harmful in terms of Christian discipleship (for those who would ‘be like Jesus’, or to be ‘in Christ’). In this paper I will explore the hermeneutical practices of accounting for Serena Williams and argue that these practices can shift Christological theories toward more comprehensive and inclusionary interpretations of personhood. In doing so, I will argue for a Christology of non-identity. A Christology that affirms the place of identity politics, especially in regard to the Christ, but one that is always on the way to non-identity.