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If laying down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest proof of love (cf. Jn 15:13), Jesus offered his own life for all, even for his enemies, to transform their hearts. — Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei 16, emphasis mine. … Continue reading
Theophrastus asked the other day, A central theme in the New Testament is on Jesus’s sacrifice proper; so what would it mean to reject the sacrificial system? This is still an incomplete and pretty rough&rambly essay in response, but I’m … Continue reading
Athanasius would not have used these words in the fourth century, but in this part of his argument (On the Incarnation of the Word, 44:4-8) that the incarnation was essential to our redemption, it seems to me that this is … Continue reading
Richard Beck of Experimental Theology has an interesting take on atonement theory in Covenantal Substitutionary Atonement. The dominant understanding of atonement theory in the west for the last 500 years (or more) has been Penal Substitutionary Atonement: the idea that … Continue reading
This summary (taken straight from my draft term paper) provides some background on the mimetic approach to theological anthropology and the atonement from which I frequently tend to work. It is based on the work of Rene Girard and of … Continue reading
When I think of the second person of the Trinity, I’ve always had a tendency to think of Jesus as his human name and Christ as his divine name: two names for his two natures. In theology school, I encountered … Continue reading
Violence Renounced: Rene Girard, Biblical Studies, and Peacemaking by Willard M. Swartley My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a collection of papers from a 1994 conference on biblical studies and peacemaking; thus it is both more specifically theological, … Continue reading