Belief in the incarnation places suffering bodies within the realm of Christian responsibility.
Much of what Christianity has long been saying about the cross of Christ is problematic. So what is to be done about it?
For there to be a heresy about the cross, there would have to be an orthodoxy about it. Michael Gorman argues that contentions over how Jesus saves lead to an inadequate grasp of what the Passion means and does.
Jonathan Merritt writes books and articles that change people. He’s a senior writer for the Religion News Service and just last week, he won the 2014 Religion Commentary of the Year from the Religion Newswriters Association. I had the pleasure of asking Merritt a few questions about books that have influenced him.
John Morreall's book is modeled after Peter Abelard's Sic et Non. Morreall wants Christians to ask questions of their beliefs and practices.
As a child I was afraid of the cross. Crosses with Jesus’ bloody body terrified me, but even the empty ones I saw in my father’s Lutheran church gave me shivers. My father was a liberal Protestant, but my grandfather, who was also a minister, held a more traditional view of atonement theology.
For Sharon Baker, theological consistency is essential, because “our perception of God influences how we behave.”
A runner is stranded on base, in a far country, unable to get home on his own. The batter bunts, aiming to obey the manager.
In every age, the crucifixion has compelled artists with its raw human drama, as well as with its deeper meaning.